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Kitten rescued after getting stuck in car dashboard

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This is when rescuers pulled a trapped kitten from the dashboard of a vehicle.

The rescue took place in the Swansboro neighborhood of Richmond, Va., early Sunday afternoon after the car’s owner called for help.

Video footage shows how a Richmond Animal Care and Control officer recovered the ginger and white cat after firefighters removed a number of dashboard panels from the vehicle.

A Richmond Animal Care and Control officer rescued a kitten stuck in the dashboard of a car in Richmond, Va. on Sunday, August 21, 2022. Firefighters had to remove several panels for the officer to reach the cat .
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The kitten was returned to the owner of the vehicle 18 minutes after firefighters arrived at the scene.

The Richmond Fire Department said in a statement on social media: “Every call is different for our firefighters, but we’re glad this one had a passive ending.

“At approximately 2:19 p.m. last Sunday, members of the Engine 17 A-Team responded to the Dollar Tree on Cowardin Avenue to a report of a kitten trapped in the dashboard of a vehicle.

“Our team had to remove several panels for the Richmond Animal Care and Control officer to retrieve the cat. They were able to do this and return to service at 2:37 p.m.

“This is a video of the moment the kitten was released! The cat was then released to the owner of the vehicle. Our responding firefighters said it was called ‘purrfect’ as it is Audi.”

The video shows the animal control officer carefully reaching under the dashboard of the car on the driver’s side. One of the firefighters can be heard saying off camera, “We’ve got you, mate. Hold on!”

Then another voiceover is heard saying “Come on little guy. Come on”, as the two firefighters huddle above the car. The off-camera voice then says “Yay! Turn around Jules!”

Cat rescued from car dashboard
A Richmond Animal Care and Control officer rescued a kitten stuck in the dashboard of a car in Richmond, Va. on Sunday, August 21, 2022. Firefighters had to remove several panels for the officer to reach the cat .
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One of the firefighters rips the fur off the cat’s head as it looks around in the daylight. Finally, the animal control officer smiles towards the camera, gently holding the released cat.

Richmond Animal Care and Control is a municipal agency that issues permits, enforces animal laws and investigates animal cruelty. She also operates an animal shelter.

While the city budget covers the agency’s basic operating costs, the Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) Foundation provides funds for emergency care of shelter animals and coordinates volunteers.

RACC is a non-profit organization which, according to its website, is “dedicated to supporting the success of the agency”. RACC is looking for donations to pursue its mission.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.