CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Catawba County Sheriff's Deputy Landon Ewing was doing property checks early Monday morning in Newton when he noticed something kind of pathetic peeking out from the woods.
"I just pulled up and walked up to it, and three more came out of the woods," Deputy Ewing said.
Four kittens were soaked to the bone from the pouring rain. They were too pitiful a sight for Deputy Ewing to just leave them there.
"I picked all four of them up and put them in the back of the car to get them out of the rain," Ewing said.
It was 2:30 in the morning, but Ewing called his girlfriend, Katie Baker, and asked if she'd come pick them up and take them home to dry off.
"She told me she was already on the way," Ewing said.
Once Baker got the kittens home, she said they were still quite the sad sight. Their fur was soaking wet and they were all shivering. She said she put warm towels on them to help warm them up.
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"I gave them food and water and actually set up a space heater in the spare bathroom because they were shivering," Baker said.
Four lucky kittens now have a good chance at life thanks to the couple.
Ewing and Baker already have two cats, so they aren't able to keep the rescues. But they arranged for them to go to Catawba County's Animal Services shelter. Officials there said they're hoping someone will come forward and volunteer to foster the kittens until they're able to be adopted, which should be in about a month.
Deputy Baker and his girlfriend said it was their pleasure to help.
"It was pouring down rain and I just couldn't leave them out there," Ewing said.
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