Officer Adopts Kitten Rescued From Storm Drain by Firefighter

The kitten was stuck inside the garbage-littered drain for two days

By Christina Cocca
|  Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013  |  Updated 5:39 AM PDT
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Los Angeles firefighters followed the meows of a distressed kitten to a storm drain. After coaxing the kitten out of the litter-cluttered drain, the kitten was carried by the scruff of the neck to a nearby patrol car. Credit: OnScene Video

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Los Angeles firefighters followed the meows of a distressed kitten to a storm drain. After coaxing the kitten out of the litter-cluttered drain, the kitten was carried by the scruff of the neck to a nearby patrol car. Credit: OnScene Video

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A kitten left a South Los Angeles storm drain to find its "fur-ever" home Tuesday morning when Los Angeles firefighters rescued the cat and unknowingly united it with its new adoptive parent.

Firefighters arrived to Avalon Boulevard and 83rd Street in South LA about 1:15 a.m. after receiving a call from police about a cat that needed rescuing, said Sgt. Lizarraga with the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Division Station.

A hamburger was the method of choice to coax the kitten out of its dark hiding spot and into the open space where firefighters pulled it to safety, he said. The kitten nearly wiggled away before the firefighter grabbed hold by the scruff of its neck and placed it in the back of an officer's patrol car.

The cat was stuck inside of the trash-littered drain for about two days, Lizarraga said.

One officer took quite a liking to the fortunate feline. Officer Mannoury decided to adopt the cat, which appeared to be in good health after the rescue, Lizarraga said.

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