Sad end to Belmont cat rescue


Firemen and emergency services pulled out all the stops to save three kittens stuck in a drain but sadly all three died.
Firemen and emergency services pulled out all the stops to save three kittens stuck in a drain but sadly all three died.

BELMONT locals, the City and emergency services came together last week to try rescue three kittens stuck in an Epsom Avenue drain.

Resident Jessica Williams lives five minutes up the road from the site and headed down on the weekend after seeing a post about the kittens from a friend on Facebook.

“The fire department attended and cut the pipe, and we took over from there but we couldn’t get the kittens,” she said.

“We came back the next day with food and had a plumber come out. You could hear the kittens loud and clear.”

On Tuesday, October 10, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) attended the site with its technical branch, Urban Search and Rescue.

“The local plumbers were able to ascertain the felines were about 3 metres along a stormwater drain of about 200 millimetres, going in to an S bend dip which ended up being out of reach and we needed an excavator to render the area safe,” DFES Swan district officer Nigel Elliott said.

“Urban Search and Rescue were mobilised for the trench rescue. We used the City of Belmont’s excavator to dig out the area and we used special search cameras to locate the cats.”

The team spent five hours rescuing the felines from the drain, with two initially removed alive and taken to the local vet, and one dead.

By Wednesday, October 11, the City of Belmont announced that all of the kittens had passed away.

The City thanked everyone for their efforts and reminded residents if they wanted to adopt a cat, the Cat Haven had many available to be re-homed.

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