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Snake used to rescue kitten from drainpipe

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It took a snake (a plumber’s snake that is) to rescue an 8-week-old tiger-striped kitten from a drainage pipe behind a strip mall in Commack (Long Island) early Wednesday. But thanks to the efforts of Mike Katulis, and excavation supervisor for Roto-Rooter, and salesman Jaime Santiestaban, the frightened feline has another eight lives to live.

According to general manager, Mike Fisher, a call came into his company after someone heard the kitten crying in the drain behind the Bagel Basket Café on Commack Rd. at about 7:30pm.

“These guys are heroes,” said Fisher, of Levittown. “They were off the clock at 5 p.m., but I asked them to head to Commack and try and help and they ended up spending four hours in the rain until rescuing the kitten at 1:30 a.m.”

The terrified tabby was eventually located through a camera that was snaked down the 100-foot-pipe and pulled out with a net. She is now being cared for by Guardians of Rescue, a Smithtown nonprofit that aids animals in distress, where she will be vaccinated and put up for adoption by the end of the week.
“I’m so happy she got out alive,” Dori Scofield, Guardians of Rescue vice president, who arrived on the scene at 10pm and stayed with the kitten, now named Rooter in honor of her rescuers, during the rescue process.

“It was quite an effort and we couldn’t have done it without the guys from Roto-Rooter. If it wasn’t for them, she would still be in there. She’s a lucky girl.”

Guardians of Rescue is located at 34 E. Main St., Suite 303, Smithtown, NY 11787. Anyone interested in adopting Rooter, or any of their other animals can call 888 287-3864 pr e-mail them at to learn more.



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