Using her nine lives: Kitten rescued twice in same day

Peaches was on the mend after crawling into a car engine. Peaches was on the mend after crawling into a car engine. (Amelia Hughes)
By L. Finch
Globe Correspondent / October 9, 2010

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A stray kitten is recovering after it crawled into a car engine in Dorchester on Saturday for warmth and the owner of the car unwittingly turned it on, animal rescue workers said.

When the car owner heard the 7-week-old kitten’s cries, she turned off the vehicle and called the Animal Rescue League, said Jennifer Wooliscroft, a spokeswoman for the organization. A rescue league technician had to remove the engine’s fan belt to reach the trapped animal, she said.

“You can’t just yank her out of there,’’ Wooliscroft said.

“It’s pretty delicate, and as luck would have it, [the rescue technician] in another life was an auto mechanic and knew exactly how to take apart the pulley system.’’

The frightened animal, which then ran from her rescuer into a rat hole, requiring a second rescue, had extensive lacerations and required surgery, said Wooliscroft. The kitten’s prognosis is good, but Peaches is in for a long and expensive recovery, including physical therapy, said Wooliscroft.

The kitten will remain in foster care with an Animal Rescue League veterinarian.

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