This week in Massachusetts, firemen rescued a kitten who’d been stuck in a PVC pipe for days:
By KELLY ONANIAN
WAREHAM Firefighters are known to rescue cats in trees but on Friday, Onset firefighters saved a kitten that was stuck in a PVC pipe for days.
The kitten, named Piper by volunteers at A Helping Paw Animal Shelter, was discovered by Onset resident Myrna Amado as she walked between her properties on Aunt Hannah’s Lane.
For several days, she had heard a strange noise coming from one of her garages.
On Friday, she discovered the kitten, its face swollen, stuck in the pipe on the side of the garage.
“I followed the noise, pulled away all the debris and stuff covering the wall, and I couldn’t believe it when I saw its face,” Amado said.
She carried the pipe to her brother’s house, and the two of them could not free the cat.
“There was no Animal Control on duty, and the police didn’t know what to do so we called the Onset Fire Department,” she said. “They came over with Sawzalls, and cut the cat out. They were amazing.”
Onset Fire Chief Howard Andersen said it took about an hour and a half to free Piper.
“We used cooking oil to grease the cat up and put a thin metal shield inside the pipe to make sure the saws and tools didn’t harm the cat and we finally got it free,” he said.
Unable to care for the cat, Amado brought Piper to A Helping Paw, where she is being nursed back to health.
She has a broken paw, but will be ready for adoption in a couple months.
For more information about Piper or other kittens up for adoption, call A Helping Paw at (508) 759-2887 or visit www.ahelpingpaw.org.