Officers from Dallas Animal Services engaged in a daring rescue of a weeks-old kitten. Members of the organization discovered the kitten deep in the City’s drainage system.
Residents of the Wynnewood North neighborhood just south of Downtown Dallas told Dallas Animal Services (DAS) that they had heard the cries of a kitten beneath a manhole cover, Fox 4 KDFW reported on Monday.
DAS went to the scene to locate the source of the cries.
The officers wound up descending into the drainage system and crawling about 80 feet before locating the 4-week-old kitten. Photos obtained by Fox 4 reveal one of these unnamed officers crammed inside a subsurface drainage pipe.
According to Fox 4, another of the DAS officers managed to make her way through a smaller pipe and get close enough to the kitten to scare it toward the manhole cover, where it was then rescued.
The condition of the kitten is currently unknown.
The rescue is not the only recent occurrence of kittens being saved. The Humane Society of North Texas captured footage of a woman abandoning a box of kittens near its facility in Fort Worth. The kittens were later taken inside for treatment, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.
DAS has been over capacity for some time now, with the organization reporting on August 2 that the shelter was at 170% capacity. Officials urged local residents to consider adopting animals at the shelter and waved adoption fees as an incentive, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.
While the number of animals at the facility has decreased, the shelter is still over capacity for dogs (147%), with 442 dogs at the facility.
DAS and its supporters are urging the City to include funds for a new $114 million facility in the upcoming $1.1 billion bond election this November, according to D Magazine. Mary Martin, assistant director of DAS, said that despite the improving capacity situation, a new facility is needed to account for the growing needs of the shelter.