2018-12-05 / Features

Kitten Rescued From Storm Drain


Splinter, named after a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle character, was rescued from a storm drain, and will soon be ready for adoption. Splinter, named after a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle character, was rescued from a storm drain, and will soon be ready for adoption. This weekend Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION) rescued a kitten who was trapped in a storm drain in Rosedale at 248th Street and 143rd Avenue during a heavy rainfall. The FDNY had previously tried to respond on Friday, removing the heavy metal grates, but they were unable to rescue the cat and left. By the time we heard about the situation, the storm drain was filling with water and the cat was not only in danger of starving but also drowning.

Myself, my wife Juliana Di Leonardo, and our friend Michael Dennehy heard about the cat around 12:30 am yesterday and used crowbars to access the sewer, blocking off other exit paths and setting a trap within the sewer. We caught the cat around 6:00 am in the morning and took her to the vet.

The 6-month-old, now named Splinter after the wise, gray rat who lived in the sewer with the Ninja Turtles, is only 4 lbs., much smaller than a typical cat her age.

There are countless animals just like Splinter in New York shelters and on the streets looking for a home, and the single most effective way to cut down on the population of homeless animals is to aggressively spay and neuter. For this reason, LION is urging the public to always adopt, never shop. Splinter will be up for adoption as soon as she can be spayed. Inquiries can be sent through our website www.humanelongisland.org.

—John Di Leonardo, President and Anthrozoologist, LION

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