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Woman finds kitten in SUV dashboard

Woman finds kitten in SUV dashboard

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ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - A motorist knew something was very wrong when her SUV began meowing.

A 4-month-old kitten had climbed into a hole behind the vehicle's glove box on Sunday and made its way behind the dashboard, said the township's animal control officer, Dan McDonald.

The woman said she had left her car windows open because of the warm weather, and that's when the stray, a gray tabby, sneaked inside.

McDonald helped dislodge the female kitty with the help of Steven Hodes, a veterinarian.

"She was driving around town and she was hearing something meowing," Hodes said of the driver, whose name was not released.

McDonald said he tried to reach his hand inside the dashboard to grab the cat, which only crept further back into the dashboard.

"All you saw was maybe a little bit of fur," McDonald said.

McDonald was able to hold the cat's foot while Hodes slipped a needle into the limb and injected the kitten with ketamine, an anesthesia that made the feline drowsy. Then he lifted her to freedom.

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