UPDATE: Kitten rescued from pipe now available for adoption

UPDATE JUNE 8: The kitten, Rio, is now ready for adoption! It will be first come first serve starting Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m.

UPDATE MAY 16: The kitten, who has been named Rio, is now in foster care according to the Animal Foundation.

Rio has made a new friend after arriving at his home.

UPDATE MAY 11: The Animal Foundation said the kitten is doing well and resting comfortably.

He will likely go into foster care for a few weeks since he is only about four weeks old. The kitten will have neuter surgery in about two to four weeks, and then he'll be put up for adoption.

ORIGINAL STORY

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- A kitten was stuck inside a pipe for hours Thursday night before he was rescued using a piece of carpet.

John Tumbas called 13 Action News around 7:30 p.m. about the kitty.

He said he walked by an hour ago and heard the meow so loudly that he had to stop and see what was going on.

Tumbas discovered the kitty was inside the pipe and made multiple phone calls to try and get him some help.

13 Action News joined him on scene and tried to help rescue him.

We tried a rope, a net, tunafish, and other things to get the kitten out of the pipe.

NV Energy arrived on scene around 10:15 p.m. and was ready to dig up the pipe to get the kitten out.

Before they began digging, they tried a piece of carpet and folded it like a taco.

The kitten clawed on to the carpet and an NV Energy worker was able to grab him off the carpet and out of the pipe.

The rescue was caught on Facebook Live while 900 or so viewers watched with us.

The kitten was taken by Animal Control to the Animal Foundation located at 655 N. Mojave.

If you want to visit the kitten, use ID A1018411 when you get to the shelter.

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