New York State Department of Transportation workers cleaning out a house in Utica in preparation for the building’s demolition to make way for a highway artery project saved a trio of little lives this week when they rescued a litter of kittens.
Mama kitty surprised a worker by jumping at him and then running out the front door of the house. The man then found Mama’s three tiny kittens sitting in a box on the building’s first floor.
“It’s very common, especially with the boarded-up houses, because basement windows are generally broken,” said Utica Animal Control Officer Chris Collver “Cats are looking for shelter, they go inside, have their babies, go in and out to hunt for food.”
The kittens were taken to the Stevens Swan Humane Society, where they will be fostered and cared for until they are old enough to be made available for adoption.