Dublin Fire Brigade extend a helping paw to rescue kitten

By Hayden Moore

AN ADVENTUROUS kitten that made its way onto the ledge of the N7 flyover at Newland’s Cross had to be rescued by Dublin Fire Brigade on Thursday evening.

Firefighters from Tallaght Fire Station rescued the tiny black kitten after being contacted by members of a local business at approximately 6.45pm.

Kitten rescue at Newlands Cross

The little kitten on the ledge of the N7 (pic: DFB) 

Taking to Twitter, Dublin Fire Brigade said: “Firefighters from Tallaght Fire Station have rescued a kitten from the ledge of the N7 flyover at Newland’s Cross.

“Members of the public were putting themselves in danger in an attempt to rescue it."

The crew then pitched a 13.5 metre ladder and climbed to retrieve the kitten, with a staff member of local business Autokey caring for the kitten until a permanent home is found. 

Maria Talbot, General Manager of Autokey in Newlands Cross told The Echo: “We were all about to go home and then we thought ‘well we can’t just leave him up there'.

“Two of the lads ran up onto the bridge, they were walking down the motorway and tried to grab him but he moved when they did – so we called the fire brigade.”

The tiny black kitten is currently being minded by a staff member, however according to Maria the company is sadly not in a position to keep the animal on as a mascot full-time.

“He’s just on his holidays with us for now," Maria said.

"We’re babysitting him while we try find him a new home.”

Although the Autokey crew has not officially given their new furry friend a name, The Echo understands that he goes by the name of Auto.

In a statement to The Echo, a spokesperson for DFB said: "Normally, Dublin Fire Bridgade will only respond to 'Cat-in-tree' incidents by request of an animal welfare organisation such as the DSPCA.

"The majority of the time a cat will find its own way down after a number of hours. For that reason the first point of contact should be the DSPCA.

"We understand that as a nation of animal lovers, it is very upsetting to see a cat in distress.

"However, we want to remind people to never compromise your safety, or the safety of others by taking risks to save an animal."

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