A kitten’s cry for help leads to her rescue

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Animal law enforcement answered a rescue call Tuesday morning for a cat stuck in a storm drain.

This happened between 36th Street and West Pikes Peak Avenue.

A concerned neighbor called saying they heard meowing coming out of a storm drain. Animal law enforcement officers for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region came in to help.

Officers teamed up to search for the feline in a dark storm drain, using her meows as a guide.

“It was a pretty long crawl. We decided she probably wouldn’t come towards me with the flashlight on crawling towards that small pipe so she was going to run away,” Animal Law Enforcement Sgt. Ryan McFadden said.

And within 10 minutes, the friendly feline was safely pulled out from the drain.

“So we stationed another officer at the other entrance and slowly motioned her out and he was able to pick her up and get her out of there,” McFadden said.

McFadden said the kitten was scared, hungry, and dirty, but happy for the help.

“But it didn’t look like she was getting hurt or anything like that. Had a little scrape on her nose, but pretty chipper,” McFadden said.

McFadden said getting the friendly feline out of the drain is the easiest part of this mission.

“The challenge is now finding her a family she can grow old with and just get her a loving home,” he said.

In the end they named her Stormy, and she was showing off her appreciation with a few cat kisses for her hero.

McFadden said rescues from storm drains are common, especially for kittens because they can’t jump back out. Stormy will be held as a stray for five days, then put into foster care. She could be up for adoption in the coming weeks.

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