Baltimore, MD – An I-95 tunnel was temporarily shut down this week to save a terrified cat who had been thrown from a moving vehicle. According to the BARCS Animal Shelter, the black and white cat, dubbed Hilton, was petrified after the cruel incident, but officials took the appropriate steps to prevent tragedy. The animal welfare agency said:
Cars zooming past, horns honking, drivers swerving to avoid hitting him as he had nowhere to run to safety. Maryland Transportation Authority shut down the tunnel and attempted to trap Hilton. Fashioning a crate out of a box they had on-hand, the police were eventually able to safely contain him until Animal Control arrived on the scene to transport Hilton to BARCS.
Hilton suffered cuts and abrasions from his ordeal, but he was amazingly spared serious injury. The shelter’s veterinary staff is ensuring that Hilton knows that he is safe, loved, and no longer in danger. He will be closely monitored and tended to until he is ready for adoption.
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Readers who frequent the National Animal News site may recall the Heyburn, Idaho, incident involving police officers who shot two dogs who got loose and found themselves on I-80. In stark contrast to Hilton’s incident, the Heyburn police officers chose to kill the frightened dogs rather than temporarily shut down the roadway to save them.