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California police officer's overpass kitten rescue caught on camera

By Ben Hooper

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING WEDNESDAY:Did you know that while most of us were sleeping, Officer Galvan conducted a harrowing rescue on top of Beltway 8?! AND…it was all caught on video!!Officer Galvan was at the Exxon at Red Bluff and Beltway when he heard what sounded like a kitten crying. The crying sounded like it was coming from the Beltway. After shining his light up on the overpass, he could see the kitten's eyes reflecting back. The kitten was stuck on the Beltway 8 overpass over Red Bluff and could not get down.The angle was too steep for Officer Galvan to walk up to the kitten, so he had to drive to 225 and U-turn back onto Beltway 8 and back to the Red Bluff overpass. After searching for a bit, he located the kitten wedged in between the drain openings at the bottom of the barriers. He could see the back of the kitten sticking out on the other side of the barrier and reached over in attempts to grab it. Apparently this kitten was NOT in the mood to be rescued and began scratching and biting Officer Galvan. As a result, Officer Galvan lost his grip and the kitten fell back onto the Beltway and ran back under the barrier. Determined to rescue the kitten, Officer Galvan regrouped, licked his wounds, grabbed his gloves and lock out device and made a second successful attempt. After calming the kitten down, and making sure it received plenty of water, Officer Galvan took the kitten to the caring arms of the Pasadena Animal Shelter.All in a day’s work for our night shift officers.

Posted by Pasadena Police Department on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

PASADENA, Calif., July 16 (UPI) -- A California police department shared video of an officer conducting a late-night rescue to save a kitten he spotted stranded on a highway overpass.

The Pasadena Police Department said in a Facebook post that Officer Galvan was at an Exxon station by the Beltway 8 overpass at Red Bluff in the early hours Wednesday when he heard what sounded like a crying kitten.

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Galvan shined his flashlight at the overpass and was able to see the reflection from the kitten's eyes, the post said.

The Facebook post said Galvan drove up to the overpass, where his dashboard camera recorded the rescue.

"After searching for a bit, he located the kitten wedged in between the drain openings at the bottom of the barriers. He could see the back of the kitten sticking out on the other side of the barrier and reached over in attempts to grab it. Apparently this kitten was NOT in the mood to be rescued and began scratching and biting Officer Galvan. As a result, Officer Galvan lost his grip and the kitten fell back onto the Beltway and ran back under the barrier. Determined to rescue the kitten, Officer Galvan regrouped, licked his wounds, grabbed his gloves and lock out device and made a second successful attempt."

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Galvan gave the kitten some water and took it to the Pasadena Animal Shelter.

"All in a day's work for our night shift officers," the department said.

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