Hillsboro garbage workers honored for rescuing kitten

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Employees at Hillsboro Garbage Disposal will receive an award from PETA for rescuing a kitten encased in spray foam.

“Thanks to the kindness and quick action of these workers, a vulnerable kitten was spared a painful, terrifying, lonely death,” PETA’s Vice President Colleen O’Brien said. “PETA is urging anyone with information about whoever abused this animal and threw him out like trash to speak up before anyone else gets hurt.”

On May 3, a garbage collector was emptying a trash can on Southwest Minter Road when he noticed the contents weren’t unloading. He took a closer look and found the kitten hanging upside down from its back legs — covering in spray foam. He said he could hear it whining.

The driver took the garbage can and kitten back to the Hillsboro Garbage Disposal Facility and staff there worked to remove the spray foam.

The 8-week-old animal is currently recovering at the Washington County Animal Services’ Bonnie L. Hayes Small Animal Shelter and is expected to recover.

The Compassionate Action Award will come with a framed certificate and a box of vegan cookies.

PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of cruelty-to-animals charges. Anyone with information should contact Cpl. Brandon Talbott at 503.846.2700.

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