Courtney Riegen got her hand slammed in the hood of the car and ended up with a scraped knee during the rescue of 3 feisty kittens trapped in the engine compartment of her car.
Courtney heard high pitched meowing as she pulled up to a traffic light on her way to work in York, UK on Friday. She had seen a neighborhood stray’s kittens under her car on Thursday night, so checked under the hood before leaving for work on Friday. The kittens managed to hide in the engine compartment, though, and rode quite a ways before Courtney heard their cries.
She pulled over at a parking lot when she realized the kittens were on board, then ended up slamming her hand in the hood when she closed it quickly to prevent the kittens from escaping. Courtney called her supervisor at Yorktowne Family Medicine, who came and opened the hood to free her. Meanwhile, Courtney had called 911 and firefighters came to help, along with an ambulance.
Courtney captured one kitten, which she carried to the ambulance, where her hand was treated. The second kitten ran off and went under the fire deputy’s car, but was soon caught. The third kitten did not want to come out of the engine, and refused to budge until firefighters used water and compressed air to force it out. That kitten tried to run off, but Courtney managed to catch it, falling and getting a scraped knee in the process. Firefighters were scratched and bitten by the traumatized kittens, also.
All three of the 6-8 week old kittens have homes now. Courtney’s co-workers took two, and she is keeping the third.