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A Purr-fect Match: Sussex County cop gives rescued kitten new forever home

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Newton cop has a new addition to the family after rescuing a kitten from car’s engine two moths ago — and now taking her home with him as a pet.

Officer Martin couldn’t stop thinking about his tiniest save in July and this week Officer Martin and his girlfriend Moriah welcomed Sparkplug into their home and hearts, a post said on the Newton Animal Control Facebook page.

It was on Friday, July7, when Newton Animal Control Officer Meg responded to a call about a kitten stuck in a car’s engine on Spring Street in Newton.

The engine was hot upon her arrival and the kitten had probably traveled in that very dangerous situation, officials said.

Newton Police Officer’s Soroka and Martin got right in there with ACO Meg and together they exhausted all options for the kitten’s removal. Newton First Aid Squad also stopped to offer their assistance and supplies, authorities said.

Once they realized the kitten’s leg was securely trapped, ACO Meg made a phone call to Frey Automotive on Sparta Avenue. Colin Frey and Dave immediately rushed over and with their help, the kitten was freed, officials said.

The kitten was taken immediately to Fredon Vet and miraculously she had no burns or broken bones. She is currently recovering in foster care and has a great appetite after her ordeal, authorities said.

“Once again, the community has blown us away with their willingness to help and rush to service!! Thanks again Colin and Dave!,” Newton Animal Control said in a Facebook post.

The kitten was named Sparkplug and was only about 6 weeks old. She needed time to grow and also recover from her injuries before being adopted, officials said.

“We love the full circle of this rescue!!,” the post said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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