Police Nab PETA Award for Saving Kitten Stuck in Car Engine

Officers Took Apart Engine to Free Tiny Cat

For Immediate Release:
August 7, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Miami – A Compassionate Police Department Award is on its way from PETA to the Miami-Dade Police Department, which worked tirelessly to free a tiny kitten who was stuck inside an officer’s car on July 28.

Officers heard meowing coming from under the car’s hood, so they grabbed a tool kit and began dismantling the engine until they were able to pull the animal out. They bought kitten formula and took turns bottle-feeding the cat, now named Lucky, and a member of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is fostering Lucky until the kitten is old enough to be adopted.

“These officers didn’t rest until this kitten was found, fed, and safe indoors waiting for the perfect adoptive family,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes that this Lucky little cat’s story will inspire people everywhere to keep an eye out for animals in danger.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that the safest place for feline companions is indoors. Cats who are allowed to roam outdoors may contract diseases such as feline AIDS, be hit by cars, be intentionally harmed by cruel humans, or end up in dangerous predicaments like Lucky’s.

The Miami-Dade Police Department will receive a framed certificate, a box of delicious vegan cookies, and a letter of congratulations.

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