A county employee saved two kittens from the trash packer at the Ashley County Landfill last week.
Nathan Tanksley of Hamburg said that one of the truck drivers told Tanksley he heard a faint cry as a Crossett dump truck was being unloaded, .
The driver pulled a small black kitten from the load. Ruth Ann Oliver, the landfill’s manager, said that she cleaned the kitten up and began reaching out to people to help find a caretaker.
Tanksley said he couldn’t put the trash through the packer without checking for more animals.
“It was really bothering him, so I told him to go out and look,” Oliver said.
Tanksley returned with another small white kitten that he said he cut from a box, but wasn’t able to find any others.
“It’s a wonder he found them when he did, if not, they would have been squished in the packer,” Oliver said.
The county workers do know for sure that the kittens came in on a truck from Crossett, but Oliver said it was a commercial truck so it would be hard to determine which dumpster they actually were dumped out of. Oliver said, however, the city workers told her that because the kittens were at the bottom, it was most likely one of their first loads of the day.
“We don’t know if they were dumped there or if their mother had them in there, but we are glad we saved them,” Oliver said.
Tanksley adopted the white kitten, which he and his wife have named Lily, and he said Monday Lilly is doing very well now despite the lethargic condition he found her in.
Oliver said even though they were rescued before smashed in the packer, they were very lethargic and not doing well because they were hidden under piles of trash.
“We don’t want people to think that they can dump their kittens and that they will find a good home here because it’s a wonder these survived like they did,” Oliver said.
Oliver said there were so many people willing to help rescue the little animals that she felt certain that it was possible to find homes for the kittens before they were dumped, if they were in fact dumped to be sent to the landfill.