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Lieutenants Jonathan Delgado and Chris Grehl were inspecting equipment when they heard a noise at the stations rear door on Tuesday, Feb. 27.
Delgado opened the door and a frail orange kitten ran in meowing and rubbed up against his leg. The malnourished kitten was obviously hungry so they fed it the only thing they had available, some left over chicken.
Over the next day and half members of the ambulance corps fed and took care of the kitten as they tried to locate its owner. Seeming as if the owner would never be located, Delgado packed up the kitten and was bringing it to his car to go to the shelter just as a Clarkstown police officer was walking into the building.
The officer asked Delgado where he had found the missing kitten and asked if the owner had been called. Delgado told the officer that he was unable to find the owner and that he was taking the cat to an animal shelter. The Clarkstown police officer told him to stay at the building because he had remembered seeing flier for a missing cat in his patrol area, and he quickly went and retrieved a flier for Delgado.
The owners were contacted and arraignments to return the kitten, now identified as Cody to the Lhotak family.