The kitten was rescued Monday from a storm drain by the Panama City Beach Fire Department C-Shift and is being cared for by Public Information Officer Debbie Ward.
Update: The kitten has found a home.
PANAMA CITY BEACH — A kitten recently rescued by Panama City Beach first responders and code enforcement needs a home.
The Panama City Beach Fire Department C-Shift rescued the kitten on Monday from a storm drain. Debbie Ward, city public information officer, is currently caring for the tiny feline. Those interested in adopting the kitten should contact Ward at email@example.com or call 850-233-5100.
Firefighters got involved after code enforcement received a call from Bay County Animal Control.
“We went over there and they had already taken the grates off and were trying to coax the kitten out,” Capt. Tim Smith of C-Shift said. “The fire department is an all-hazard response. As firemen, we figure out how to solve people’s problems. Obviously, (the kitten rescue) is not something we do every day, but we’re happy to help.”
Firemen came up with the idea to coax the kitten out by gently flowing water down into the drain. Eventually, the kitten scurried out.
Melissa Deese, administrative support specialist for code enforcement, said she and code enforcement manager James Tindle could hear the kitten in the storm drain when they got to the scene.
“It was exhausted” when it came out, Deese said. “It had been screaming and crying the whole time. I just hope the kitten finds a good home.”
Married couple Nick and Lauren Youtz discovered the kitten in the drain Sunday night while walking their dogs and called the fire department's non-emergency line, which initially advised that they couldn't assist on an animal call but referred them to Bay County emergency services. Nick Youtz said he hopes publicity will help get the kitten adopted.
“We certainly thank the police, fire and code enforcement/animal control officers who rescued her and to Ms. Ward for fostering her,” he said.