A kitten who had got his head stuck in a drainage hole at the bottom of a communal waste bin was rescued in a joint operation between the RSPCA and West Midlands Fire Service.

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The RSPCA was contacted by a member of the public on Monday evening (9 January), after the kitten was heard meowing from the bin at Glebe House, in Glebe Street, Walsall.

Animal Collection Officer Cara Gibbon attended but found that that the kitten was so tightly stuck that he could only be freed with help from the fire service.

Cara said: “We don’t know how long the poor kitten had been there for, but rubbish had been piled on top of him and he was clearly distressed. I can only assume that there was some food in there which he could smell, which led to him getting trapped like this.

“The fire service were absolutely fantastic and they managed to free him very quickly. They used a blade to cut either side of the hole, then bent the steel of the bin back to free his head.

“Thankfully he was not injured. He wasn’t wearing a collar and isn’t microchipped so we believe he was a stray. We have named him Dusty and he is now being looked after at our animal centre in Birmingham.”

The RSPCA is urging people to make sure bin lids are properly closed to avoid this happening. Cara said: “If there is food in a bin and a cat can get in there, then there is a chance that it will – so please make sure your outside bins are secure.

“We’d also like to remind people to contact the RSPCA in the first instance rather than trying to rescue the animal yourself. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day and can be reached by calling 0300 1234 999.”

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