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Sunday 21 January 2018

Video: Kitten saved by a whisker on M50

Gardai stop traffic to allow rescue by DSPCA

A member of the Dublin SPCA with the rescued kitten

Brendan Farrelly

SHEER terror saved the life of a kitten trapped against a central wall on the M50 as traffic flashed past at 100 kilometres an hour.

The four-month-old kitten was frozen to the spot on the south-bound lane opposite the exit for Dundrum at junction 13.

Within minutes of being spotted, an extraordinary rescue operation swung into operation, a task that was a race against the clock.

Everyone involved knew that the petrified animal could bolt into the traffic at any second.

The Dublin SPCA dispatched ambulance driver Lisa Kemp and she quickly realised she needed help and fast. She said: " He was absolutely terrified. I couldn't get to him. The traffic was going too fast, I kept fearing he would run and be hit."

Calls were made to the media appealing to drivers to slow down and watch out for the cat. Gardai soon got to the scene and stopped traffic. "I ran with the cat basket and just grabbed him and ran back," Lisa said.

Shortly after being brought to the DSPCA centre in Rathfarnham the lucky animal was purring and playing.

Staff named him Freeway after the pet dog in the American television show 'Hart to Hart', who was rescued from a freeway.

It is not known how the kitten ended up on the M50.

Orla Aungier, operations manager with the DSPCA said: "We hope he just took a wrong turn. Unfortunately all too often we see beautiful animals dumped on the side of the road.

The Society will now try to reunite Freeway with his owners. They will keep Freeway for a minimum of five days to give any owner a chance to claim him.

Irish Independent

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