WESTPORT, Conn. — A stowaway kitten caused quite a scene at the Fairfield County Hunt Club Horse Show Wednesday morning, taking a ride under a worker’s car hood and refusing to come out.
Westport Fire personnel already on scene for fire safety stand-by spent more than two hours working to extricate the frightened feline, raising the vehicle and removing various car parts to access the area where they could hear meowing, fire officials said.
The owner of the car, a Hunt Club employee, said she stopped at a Norwalk Dunkin' Donuts on her way to work and came out of the shop to find someone looking under her car. The person told her he saw a kitten jump up under the car and, when they couldn’t located the cat, she continued on to the Westport club, according to fire officials.
Once at the Long Lots Road club, she heard meowing from the engine compartment, realized the cat was still on board and summoned fire personnel.
The crew called the shift commander and rescue company and finally retrieved the cat from a small space between the front bumper and the radiator, fire officials said.
Westport Animal Control Officer Gina Gambino took the kitten to be checked out by a veterinarian on the premises for the horse show.
Fire personnel said the Hunt Club staff planned to take in the kitten, whom they dubbed Bumper.