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CA Firefighters Rescue Kittens Trapped in Walls

West Covina (CA) firefighters rescued two kittens that had become trapped inside the walls of a home on Sunday.

Firefighters received a call just after noon from a resident who reported what sounded like an animal trapped inside the wall of a fourplex, according to the Whittier Daily News (

Crews used a thermal imaging camera to locate the kittens by their body heat. They then cut holes in the walls to free the animals.

After freeing the kittens, firefighters contacted the local animal control officials, were told that because of the young age of the kittens, they would likely have to be euthanized. Firefighters initially decided to adopt the animals, but found a local cat rescue organization called Cats At The Studios who agreed to care for the kittens until they could be adopted.

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