A kitten who fell down a hole in a hard to reach spot under a massive concrete trough after being abandoned in a field was the subject of an hours long rescue effort. Kitty is doing well and has found a home.
The kitten was rescued from an overgrown spot near Horden Cemetery in the village of Horden, in County Durham, UK, near the coastal city of Sunderland. When RSPCA officers and local volunteers couldn’t save the kitten, RSPCA staffers called in a former colleague who worked with the RSPCA fpr 20 years and now operates an animal ambulance service.
Graeme Foggin of East Durham Animal Ambulance made the rescue. His son Paul Foggin documented the kitten’s rescue in photos and told the story at the animal service’s Facebook group on August 21, saying:
“We spent the afternoon next to Horden cemetery trying to sort out an abandoned kitten that had been thrown from a bag last night. The RSPCA had been earlier but could not get it so I was asked to have a look. We could hear it meowing from under an old cast iron bath set in concrete that had been a horse trough at some time. It was covered in thick brambles and it was only obvious how difficult things were when it was all cut back. After four hours hard slog and with the help of some people who had tried earlier(who even brought their own cat to try and entice it out) we eventually managed to get it. It will spend the night with us before a vet check tomorrow. A home is already on the cards,so good ending all round and thanks for the help to the people there.”
The rescuers had to smash up part of the concrete in order to reach the kitten during their four hour rescue operation.
The Peterlee Star and affiliated papers covered the story, adding that a witness reported they’d seen a man dump a bag of cats that appeared to be a mama cat and her kittens in the field the day before the kitten’s rescue. The rescuers didn’t see mama or any of her other kittens.
Other than being frightened and having gone for at least a day without food and water while stuck down the hole, the kitten was found to be healthy.
The kitten was staying with the Foggin family temporarily but is expected to go to a good home with a woman in the Darlington area.
Graeme Foggin told the reporter for the papers: “This one seemed to have been left behind and had hid where he could.
“He wasn’t trapped but was frightened and didn’t want to come out.
“He was not in too bad a condition, he was just traumatised by the whole thing.”
Kitty’s little eyes and white areas on his face can just barely been seen in some of the photos from the rescue below.