Cat Rescued From Sewer Drain


UPDATED: Monday June 22, 2009 11:31 AM

A feral cat was rescued Friday night after it was trapped in a sewer drain near Interstate 270.

Jerry Tankovich was driving on North High Street, near I-270, when he spotted the cat walking alongside the road.

"A little kitten almost got hit by a car," Tankovich said.  "I pulled over and got out of the car and tried to get the cat."

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The cat fell down the sewer grate and the word went out to animal lovers everywhere, 10TV's Kurt Ludlow reported.

"I saw a posting on Craigslist that there was a kitten stuck in the well," said Sabrina Cox, who drove to the scene.  "I had to come out to see if I could help.  I brought my cat food in case he needed it."

Firefighters rushed to the scene, Ludlow reported.

"We like animals too," said Worthington fire Chief Guy Kantak.  "If it doesn't interfere with our regular duties, we try to help out if we can."

Firefighters were deployed with a hose at one end of the pipe and used water to flush the kitten toward a firefighter at the other end.

The cat was then brought out of the sewer.  It was cold but it looked OK, Ludlow reported.

"Usually we think of trees and cats in trees, but tonight it was a cat in a sewer," said Ty Stewart, a Worthington firefighter.  "We're grateful we could help out before the rain came and washed the poor little fellow down to the Olentangy (River)."

One of the firefighters decided to keep the kitten and planned to get it checked out by a veterinarian, Ludlow reported.

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