IMPROVISATION with poles, ropes and fishing nets enabled staff to rescue three kittens trapped inside a structural tube at Hillarys shops.
McGees Property’s Nigel Steven, who is property manager for Sorrento Quay Boardwalk, said several shopkeepers and members of the public reported hearing meowing coming from the walls and roof this month.
“Many attempts were made to find the source and traps were laid but all to no avail.
“In the evening of January 11 the noise got louder so we, with security staff, started a full roof search,” he said. “After three hours, three kittens were all found and taken into care.
“The kittens had all fallen to the bottom of a structural steel tube eight feet below the ceiling height that no one could fit in or climb down.”
Mr Steven said after a lot of improvisation using poles, ropes and fishing nets, they lifted the kittens to safety.
He said without the efforts of security officers Sachin Rastogi, Sadat Ali Syed and Mansoor Sabir “the little ones would have perished”.
“Notwithstanding the fact that feral cats are a major problem both with the disease they may carry and the destruction they cause to native animals, we were very happy saving the kittens and hope they can be domesticated,” he said.
Mr Steven thanked businesses Serenity Collection and Big Watch World for their understanding of the damage to the ceilings and Bazaar Clothing, which gave rescuers access through the store.
Perth Pet Re-homing and Rescue has taken the kittens into care.