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Debary kitten saved from storm drain by local fire department

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Everyone needs a happy story of animal rescue on Father's Day, and a little black, orphaned kitten stuck in a Hampton Hills Estates sewer for days and saved by the City of Debary Fire Department in Florida, with the assistance of animal lovers, will make you smile.

Beginning on May 29, according to the Daytona Beach News Journal, Hampton Hills resident Marianne Ruggles and her friends heard faint kitten cries coming out of a nearby storm drain. Because the drain was so deep, and hoping the kitten would find his own way out, Ruggles would throw food down to help. Yet for days, the women still heard the pitiful cries of the kitten.

When Animal Control couldn't open up the storm drain and had to leave, Ruggles was determined not to give up and notified the city manager who contacted the Debary Fire Department. Although the terrified little kitten wasn't terribly cooperative, the firemen opened up two of the storm drains, lowered ladders into the sewers, climbed down, and made a loud noise; the startled little kitten ran into the arms of one of the firemen.

Appropriately named Stormy, the adorable little fluff ball will be available for adoption in a few weeks at the Halifax Humane Society.

Deputy Fire Chief Ronnie Long captured the hearts of everyone when he stated:

"We're always there for somebody in need whether it's a human or an animal."

Many thanks to everyone who helped to rescue Stormy.

In February, the Port Charlotte Fire Department and other city officials came to the aid of a 90 pound dog named Bo who found himself stuck in a storm drain. That particular situation was a bit more complicated as rescuers had to dig up the neighbor's yard, use cameras to spot Bo, and then drill. In the end, Bo was able to exit and made a full recovery.

If you're around the Halifax Humane Society on July 9, why not join your neighbors and other animal lovers at the organization's "Yappy Hour" to be held at Malcolm's Bar and Grill? Click here for more information, and please adopt your next friend from a shelter or nearby rescue. All the proceeds will go for the care of the animals.

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