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September 5, 2012

Kitten calamity averted

PLATTSBURGH — Stacey Pulsifer isn’t sure where Pumpkin came from, but she certainly knows where the kitten has been.

After a long day of driving to Elizabethtown then to Peru and finally home to Plattsburgh — about 100 miles in all — Stacey Pulsifer stopped briefly at a McDonald’s drive-thru for a coffee. Strangely, she was sure she heard “meows” coming from her car.

“I couldn’t figure out where the cries were coming from,” she said.

She drove to her apartment on Elm Street, where she decided to inspect her Jeep for the kitty culprit, who continued to cry. 

“I didn’t know what to do so I called my friends to come help,” Pulsifer said. “We literally ripped my car apart.”

Pulsifer, along with friendly reinforcements Jena Patterson and Jodie Ewert, combed over and even climbed under the Jeep, all while wearing fancy dresses from the wedding they had attended earlier that day.

What they eventually found was a frightened 6-week-old female kitten, wedged behind the Jeep’s bumper, unable to move.

“It was pitch black, and you couldn’t see anything. And she is all black, so it was extra hard to see her,” Pulsifer recalled.

A cat-lover, she said she was frantically crying, trying to figure out what to do next.

“We called the police, we called the emergency vet. Who do you call when something like this happens?” she wondered.

With some maneuvering, they finally cut the cat free.

STRAY STUCK

Pulsifer estimates Pumpkin, whom she named after a friend, was lodged in the car for about 22 hours and traveled with her for some 100 miles, mostly on Interstate 87.

During the ordeal, the kitten’s paw got stuck, and her tiny face was lodged in a spot where it was merely inches from the ground.

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