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Water Company, Metro Animal Services rescue kitten from broken hydrant

Chad Harper and Jimmy Stone spend their days working more than 24,000 hydrants across the city. They've seen some unusual things but nothing like this.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Employees of the Louisville Water Company got an unexpected surprise as they were repairing a broken hydrant in the Algonquin neighborhood.

Chad Harper and Jimmy Stone were working in the 3100 block of Wilson Avenue when they found an orange tabby kitten trapped 5-feet at the bottom of the hydrant.

Metro Animal Services was called so they could use a special tool to remove the kitten.

Spokeswoman Kelley Dearing Smith says when the cat was rescued, it was a huge relief to both workers.

Credit: Louisville Water Company
Chad Harper, Metro Animal Services worker M. Sabatini and Jimmy Stone pose after a kitten was rescued from a broken hydrant.

Louisville Water Company says Harper and Stone has worked on hydrants for years and found unusual things including snakes, toys and miniature cars but never a kitten.

Since the kitten was rescued, they think maybe it will have the name of either “Pure Tap” or “Tapper” as an ode to their Louisville pure tap.

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