Deputy rescues kitty in car engine; names it "Atlanta"

- A deputy stops to help a stranded motorist and ended up helping a furry stowaway.

Deputy Tim Sanford stopped to assist a stranded motorist along I-20 just west of Leeds in Alabama. The family had been traveling from Atlanta when their car hit a pot hole and had a flat tire. 

The officer offered to change the tire for them and as he worked the jack near the front tire he heard a small cry from the engine of the car. Deputy Sanford had the driver pop open the hood and he discovered a small gray and white kitten inside.

According to, the kitten was not injured and appeared to be in good health. The family does not own a cat and told the deputy that the kitten must have ridden all the way from Atlanta in the engine compartment of the car.

Deputy Sanford named the kitten “Atlanta” and, after getting her some food and water, dropped her off at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.

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