Deputies Rescue Kitten From Storm Sewer

Life With Cats is reader-supported. We may earn a small commission through products purchased using links on this page.



Sheriff’s deputies and animal services saved a kitten in distress in a midnight rescue on Monday.

The Hillsborough County , Florida Sheriff’s Office was contacted to assist Animal Services with a kitten stuck in a storm sewer beneath Gunn Highway, just west of Linebaugh Avenue in Tampa at midnight on September 21.

A member of the public called for help when they heard a kitten in distress under the road. The kitten could only be heard crying from within the drain, but could not be seen.

Deputies Josh Dahlback, Richard George, Michael Pecylak, and Joe Saponara responded to the scene and assisted Pet Resources. Deputies Saponara and George climbed down into the drain on either side of Gunn Highway and utilized various tools to finally coax the kitten out from beneath the middle of the road.

Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center Animal Safety Officer Renee Stevens responded with a special tool that helped remove the kitten from the drain.

The kitten is estimated to be about 5 weeks old and the rescue saved his life.

Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center spokeswoman Marti Ryan said kitty had a fractured leg and upper respiratory infection but he is expected to make a good recovery over the next few weeks.

Kitty is in care with HCPRC and will be put up for adoption when he is healed.











Leave a Comment