GARLAND - When it comes to rescuing kittens, we usually think of firefighters climbing trees or pulling them to safety from burning buildings.
However, Garland police want us to know they're looking out for the furry critters as well.
Motorcycle Officer R.P. Clark was driving along Plano Road and Walnut Street last week when he spotted a yellow kitten running across the street. It quickly turned into a rescue after Clark watched the kitten climb up the back of an SUV that pulled to a stop behind a truck on the street.
Worried the driver of the SUV was unaware of the kitten, Clark got the attention of the driver before they could drive off. However, neither the driver nor the officer could reach the kitten, which had crawled further into the undercarriage of the car.
According to a statement released by Garland police, the officer got the driver to slowly pull off the roadway and into a nearby parking lot, where the driver and officer worked together to free the kitten.
Officer Clark crawled under the SUV and loosened the gas tank enough to lower it, the statement read. By this time, several people had gathered to watch the rescue attempt and an employee from the nearby bank could see the kitten on top of the gas tank. She was able to reach in and rescue the kitten while Officer Clark held the gas tank.
The happy ending took an even better turn when the bank employee, Bianca, decided to adopt the kitten.
Officer Clark had one request of Bianca, name the kitten KIA, after the model of the SUV it was found under, the statement read.