Benny's 'feline fine' after shed rescue drama
A cat is feline fine despite using one of its nine lives
getting stuck between a shed and a fence.
Benny spent the night wedged in a 150mm gap in the back garden
of his home in Halfway Road, Halfway.
The kitten left through the backdoor at 10.30pm and when he
failed to return, his worried owner slept in the front room waiting
Charlotte Hickey said: “The first thing you think is he’s been
When she went outside to look the following morning, she found
After fence panels were removed to no avail, and worried the
20-week-old had broken his legs, she called Kent Fire and Rescue
Luckily a cat-astrophe was averted when a crew from Sheppey
arrived at around 7.45am and managed to persuade Benny out using a
plank of wood with “the gentlest persuasion”.
He promptly ran inside the house and curled up behind the sofa,
under a warm radiator.
Animal lover Charlotte, who has looked after cats all her life,
said: “He’s very, very lovely but obviously he’s a kitten so he’s
100mph, even the dog runs away from him.
“When we got him he was very nervous but he’s always been a
“I’m grateful to the firefighters, they were so calming. I was
“Not only do they do their job but they have people skills as
"I just want to thank them for their reassurance and how quickly
they were here.
“They said he was in shock so we thought he had got in there for
"I think something scared him, either a fox or another cat.”
Sheppey fireman Steve Uggles, who attended the incident, said:
“We don’t have too much experience in this area, contrary to
popular belief, but its all in a day’s work.”
What a purr-fect ending.
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