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Kitten abandoned in Licking County woods found by man and his dog

Amaretto and her owner were out mountain biking Thursday afternoon when the dog found a cat in the woods stuck in a tree.

LICKING COUNTY, Ohio — Man's best friend became a kitten's best friend when she helped rescue her while lost and alone in the woods. The dog's owner is calling her a "hero."

Amaretto and her owner Chris Garrison were out mountain biking Thursday afternoon.

“Amaretto just started looking to the left a lot and then I just heard the meowing,” Garrison said.

Deep in the woods of Horns Hill Park in Newark, the pair found a little kitten high up in a tree. The kitten was likely dumped in the woods.

“I was able to reach the kitten, I got her down, and as soon as I held the cat she just started purring,” said Garrison.

Garrison took the kitten to Licking County Humane Society, where just months earlier, he and his fiancé picked up Amaretto.

“They brought her in with open arms and were absolutely excited to take care of her and find her a home,” he said.

The shelter named the kitten "Fuji" after Garrison's mountain bike.

She is not yet up for adoption, but the Licking County Humane Society says they'll post on Facebook when she is.