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Cats Stuck in a Drain?

Five kittens rescued by police, firefighters

Photo submitted Marietta Firefighter Matt Hively checks a kitten after pulling it from a storm drain in downtown Marietta on Sunday.

Five kittens have new homes thanks to the joint efforts of the Marietta Police and Marietta Fire departments.

Officer Dianna Hively of the Marietta Police Department got a call Sunday about several kittens in a storm drain in the 200 block of Second Street

“One of them got out of the drains into the road,” she said. “She left when the police got there and we didn’t get her name.”

Firefighter EMT Matt Hively got a call at the fire station from Dianna asking for help in getting the lid to the storm drain off.

Matt said after investigating the drain, several kittens were found.

“We helped to get the storm drain cover off. Fortunately it was not very deep,” he said. “I put food out and as they came out to get the food, we got them out.”

He said the kittens were only a few weeks old. Officer John Hanson was also on scene and loves cats so much he wouldn’t leave until the cats were out, Matt said.

Once the kittens were out, they were taken to the police department. Through Facebook posts, phone calls and word of mouth, they were all adopted. After the Front Street structure fire and the kitten rescue, Matt said they had a busy weekend.

“We do everything from the life saving moments to the more feel good moments,” he added. “That’s what we like about the job is the range of things we get to deal with. Getting those kittens out was something positive happening considering everything else going on this year.”

Dianna texted Washington County Dog Warden Kelly McGilton about the kittens on Sunday.

“I got a generous donation from a local veterinarian,” McGilton said, adding the vet donated the first round of vaccinations, worming medication and flea treatments for the felines.

She said she’s aware of the overcrowding of cats at the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley and didn’t want to add to the issue.

“So we got together to get them adopted out,” McGilton remarked.

Dianna said they get unexpected calls all the time, but it was nice to be able to go on a call and do something nice.

“Everyone loves animals and we do, too,” she said. “It was nice to be able to help them out. It made the day after dealing with the structure fire.”

Matt agreed it was a nice change of pace.

“We don’t get too many cats out of trees anymore, but we do get them out of storm drains,” he said with a laugh.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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