Kitten Narrowly Escapes Compactor Death at Dump


In Rockford, Michigan this week, a cute grey and white tabby kitten sacrificed one of its lives for a shot at the remaining eight. The staff at the North Kent Transfer Station believes he survived a ride to the dump and ejection from the dump truck, then narrowly escaped a grizzly end by darting out from his heap of trash moments before it was compacted.

The employees have been feeding him, and he’s taken to hanging out by a food dish in a quiet spot above a door.

Resource Recovery Specialist Kristen Wieland says, “Because its so loud in here he likes to kind of hide away so nobody knows he’s here. So its a good spot for him to watch everything but kind of stay out of the way.”

The cat doesn’t have any tags but is well socialized so he may not be a stray. His owner may claim him by calling the Kent County Animal Shelter at (616) 632-7300. The shelter will also coordinate an adoption if necessary.

Wieland says it is not unusual for animals to be found at the facility, and points out that many racoons have been found in the loads of trash in the past. The building is located inside a big, closed landfill, and animals and known to roam throughout the area.


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