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Kitten rescued from underground pipe

September 08, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS
  • Evelyn Garrett, supervisor of Field Services for the Humane Society of Washington County, searches a manhole Wednesday afternoon in a Lowe's home improvement store parking lot on Wesel Boulevard in Hagerstown. A kitten had been stuck in a small drain pipe there since 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

Nearly a day after a worker heard cries coming from a drain in a Lowe's home improvement store parking lot, rescuers retrieved a filthy calico kitten from the underground pipe Wednesday evening, Humane Society of Washington County spokeswoman Katherine Cooker said.

A man unloading trucks at the Lowe's on Wesel Boulevard heard the kitten's cries Tuesday evening, Cooker said. The store notified the Humane Society Wednesday morning, she said.

No one is sure exactly when the cat fell through the approximately 6-inch drain hole, Cooker said.

"He was probably just walking along and fell," she said.

The Humane Society worked with Roto-Rooter, a plumbing and drain cleaning company, to rescue the kitten, Cooker said.

The rescuers used a camera on a cable to view the cat, then eventually to push the cat into a larger pipe accessible through a manhole, Cooker said.

The rescuers had been attempting to get the cat out for almost seven hours when he finally came scurrying out of the opening shortly after 5 p.m., Cooker said.

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If the Roto-Rooter strategy had failed, rescuers were prepared to use equipment to excavate the parking lot in an attempt to reach the cat, she said.

Cooker said the cat was wet, filthy and upset, but seemed to be otherwise unharmed. The Humane Society was taking it to a vet to be checked, she said.

She said there were no indications the kitten belonged to anyone, but the Humane Society would make an attempt to find it a home.

"He looks like a stray," she said.

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