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Video: Eight lives left for this kitten rescued after hanging by neck in crawlspace

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(WNEM/Thomas Township Fire Department via CNN)


SAGINAW COUNTY, Mich. – A kitten in Michigan got stuck inside a home and local officials were needed to set her free.

She's on the mend and may soon return to the home where she was rescued, WNEM reported.

It all happened when Courtney Neiderquill came home from work and heard a strange noise -- an animal in distress. She just wasn't sure what kind of animal or where exactly it was located in her home.

"So we looked under the cupboard and you could see there was a tiny hole and its head was popping up through it," Neiderquill said.

A kitten had gotten into her crawlspace and up under the kitchen sink. It was still alive, but in some serious trouble.

Neiderquill immediately called the Thomas Township Fire Department for some help.

"When they finally cut a little slit and found the body hanging straight down it was dangling by its neck," Neiderquill said. 

As soon as the firefighters freed the kitten from the piece of wood, Saginaw County Animal Care and Control picked her up with a safe place to stay.

She's pretty much been in Jessica Herzog's arms ever since.

"We think that's she's probably between three and four months old, and as far as her overall health goes she looks pretty good actually for being out on her own for so long," Herzog said.

The shelter recommends reaching out for help if you find yourself in a similar situation.

"She could've been injured very badly because she was hanging like that for a while and to be able to get her out the firemen had to use their tools and cut around her to get her out,” Herzog said. “She's incredibly lucky. She's a strong little girl."

The kitten’s name is now Muffin. The owners said they likely plan to adopt the kitten.