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Stuck kitten gets a lift out of Riverside County storm drain

May 24, 2011 | 10:54 pm

Kitten in storm drain Animals in the Inland Empire sure seem to find themselves in unusual fixes.

There was the goat riding shotgun with suspected drunk drivers. Then there was the escaped 5-foot-long lizard. And let's not forget the dog who got wedged between cinder-block walls and the dog stuck in the canal.

On Tuesday, it was a lucky kitten's turn to get a helping hand.

The kitten was trapped inside a storm drain in the city of Winchester and rescued by Riverside County Animal Services Officer Amy Farrell.

The animal was stuck about 12 feet below street level in a drain on Olea Road, according to John Welsh, a public information officer with the department.

Concerned residents heard the kitten's cries and notified the animal services department. Farrell was able to crawl down to reach the kitten and return it to safety, Welsh said.

The rescue occurred about noon. The kitten was taken to the Southwest Communities Animal Shelter in Wildomar, he said.


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Photo: Animal Services Officer Amy Farrell plucks a kitten out of a storm drain. Credit: Riverside County Animal Services