Kitten is rescued from tight spot after hitching a ride from Utah to Nevada

A kitten is resting up at the shelter after hitching a ride from Utah to Nevada and then being trapped behind a water heater in a garage for two and a half days.

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A kitten is resting up at the shelter after hitching a ride from Utah to Nevada and then being trapped behind a water heater in a garage for two and a half days.

Mesquite, Nevada resident David Vincent noticed a kitten near his car while visiting Utah last Saturday but says he thought nothing of it at the time. David traveled back home through the Virgin River Gorge Saturday night and, once he’d gone to bed, thought he heard meowing coming from the garage.

David tried to find the source of the meows but the sounds stopped and he went to bed. Sunday night the same thing occurred and he became concerned. When the meowing began again Monday night David contacted his neighbor to see if it was his cat crying out but was told no, that kitty was at home and had not been meowing over the past few nights.

David then went and stood very still and quietly in his garage and eventually the kitten began to meow.

“I went and stood in the garage for a really long time and it finally cried again,” David told The Spectrum/Desert Valley Times. “Finally, I was able to determine it was trapped behind the water heater.”

David called the Lindi Corp plumbing and appliance repair company and two men came out to try to safely free the little cat. Lindi employees Paul Chandler and Randy Weber unhooked the water heater as Walter Dalton of Mesquite Animal Control stood at the ready to get the kitten once it was freed from its tight spot.

The panicked kitten escaped the animal control officer’s grasp and had to be captured again as it tried to escape the garage.

The kitten was taken to the City of Mesquite Animal Shelter, where he eagerly replenished himself with plenty food and water. David recognized him as the same kitten he’d seen in Utah, and it is assumed that the kitten traveled in the undercarriage of the car.

Lindi Corp unhooked and then reconnected the water heater free of charge.

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