Kitten rescued from storm drain

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Just before noon, someone noticed the sound of meowing coming from the area of a storm drain. Riverside firefighters opened the drain cover, and /*Animal Control*/ Officer Kristina Hillegaart climbed in. She could hear the kitten, but could not see it. Finally, after poking around with her flashlight, she found it hidden away in a smaller drain pipe. Officer Hillegaart reached in and pulled the kitten free, and firefighters helped pull both of them back up out of the storm drain.

It's not clear how the kitten got stuck to begin with, but Animal Control presumes he somehow fell into the drain.

He was taken to the /*Riverside Animal Shelter*/, where staff members say he appears to be fine. The kitten did not have a microchip, so he will be held at the shelter in the hope that the owner comes forward. If no one does, after four days, he will be put up for adoption.

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