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Incident Report for Case #2013-00000

Incident Type

Animal Complaint - Stray

Incident Date

08/17/2013 - 1:00 AM


North High Point Rd.


Like many her age, she is stubborn and finicky, and when kind police officers and City of Madison Engineering staff showed up to try to help her out of her predicament, she treated them with indifference.

The first call for help was placed in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 17. A small kitten had somehow found her way to the base of a North High Point Rd. sewer drain. A couple of West District officers put heads together, and eventually left a blanket by which they hoped the kitty would dig in her claws, and climb up. No luck.

By Saturday, it was clear she had no interest in taking the easy way out.

Over the weekend, animal service workers from Public Health, Madison & Dane County tried placing a couple of different types of live traps. No luck, again.

One concerned officer returned off-duty with his family on Sunday, and reconnected with City of Madison Engineering team members on "Operation Kitty Rescue". No luck, day three, and now there was rain in the forecast.

If gutters filled, the small feline might drown, and by Monday morning there was an increased sense of urgency.  The same officer came back again, still off-duty, still with his family, for another go at it with the engineering workers.

"With a net, board and gloves, we were finally able to rescue the kitten 'Bane," thanks to brilliant assistance from (members of the City of Madison Engineering team)", wrote the off-duty officer in a letter of thanks to their supervisor.

He explained, "My daughter picked the name Bane, after the character in Batman who lives in the sewers!"

"My children were amazed at the assistance and friendliness of your crews, and credit them for saving Bane's life," the officer wrote.

He and his family took Bane to the Dane County Humane Society where they learned she was not only finicky, but very healthy and very adoptable.

The officer sent a photo with his letter of thanks, letting City Engineering leaders know they have "dedicated and wonderful employees!"

Released 09/03/2013 at 3:32 PM by PIO Joel DeSpain

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