All-out effort to rescue kitten from storm drain in Reading

Author: , Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published: Sep 26 2013 04:51:18 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 26 2013 05:51:50 PM EDT
Rescued kitten
READING, Pa. -

People in southwest Reading heard the cries for help early Thursday morning.

They were cries from a kitten. The little guy was trapped for hours in a storm drain below Lancaster Avenue and Brookline Plaza.

"I was walking the dog and I heard it," said Joanne Franco, a woman who lives in the area.

What Franco and her dog, Shadow, heard was the sound of a kitten.

"This one is about 12-weeks-old, from the looks of him," said Harry Brown, from the Animal Rescue League of Berks County. "So, more than likely, I would say he was chased in."

The Reading Public Works and Fire departments responded to the call. Workers tried everything to lure the cat out. They even tried to bait him with pieces of a turkey sandwich.

People passing by said they could hear the meows from across the street.

"His voice sounds real big in that tube," said Kent Raudibaugh, another concerned resident.

Just when it looked like the cat may be free, he acted more like a mouse and went back in the drain.

"This poor little guy is terrified for his life, which is understandable," added Mike Gross, a man checking on the kitten.

Animal Rescue League workers set a trap and put in some food to bring the little guy out.

"He'll be out sometime today," added Brown.

It took hours, but the kitten finally went into the trap and was lifted out of the sewer.

The rescued kitten will undergo a checkup at the Animal Rescue League.  The other good news is that someone has already agreed to give the kitten a new home.