2013-11-28 / Front Page

Rescuers avoid cat-astrophe, save kitten from pipe

MONROE — Curiosity could have killed a kitten last week, but the efforts of a variety of rescuers saved the day.

When a cat’s cries were heard in the Concordia Shopping Center Nov. 21, the Monroe Township Animal Control Office responded. The cat was stuck in an uncovered pipe that extended into the ground in the rear of the Perrineville Road plaza.

Upon arrival, an animal control officer placed a telescoping camera in the pipe. The cat did not appear to be in distress, according to the Monroe Township Police Department.

The animal control officer initially provided sustenance to the cat and placed netting down the pipe in the hope that the cat would use the netting to climb out on its own; however, as of Nov. 22, the cat had failed to remove itself.

As a result, the owner of the Concordia Shopping Center was contacted, and arrangements were made to cut open the roadway to expose the pipe. The owner came to the rescue by providing his maintenance contractor to cut open the road.

Once the road was opened, the cat was removed and found to be in good health, according to police.

The cat, which was determined to be a 6- to 8-week-old kitten, was turned over to a representative of the East Brunswick Animal Hospital for evaluation.

The Animal Control Office was assisted by the Monroe Township Police Department, the Monroe Township Fire Department Station 57, Monroe Township Municipal Utility Department, Helmetta Animal Control and East Brunswick Animal Hospital.

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