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Kitten adopted by local mechanic after being trapped inside car

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — The guys at West Broad Hyundai in Henrico County are heroes — in the cat world.

The technicians found, then rescued, a kitten that was stuck inside a Hyundai Sonata driven to the shop.

When the owners heard the kitten’s meow, they drove 30 miles from Beaverdam to Henrico’s West End Tuesday for help.

After searching the car, a technician put the vehicle on a lift.

From that angle, they found the kitten in the passenger side fender liner, behind the wheel.

“She was lucky, said Jovan Chambers, a service tech at West Broad Hyundai and the man who captured the rescue on his phone.

“Seeing where she was, the fender liner was a nice little cubby hole for her,” he said.

Service Tech John Newman said he’s never seen anything like it.

“In my 11 years of being a mechanic, I’ve pulled out a lot of things, but this is my first kitten,” he said.

Once the kitten was rescued the question became, who will adopt the kitten?

The car owner said they couldn’t take in another pet so it was up to the mechanics at West Broad Hyundai to make the call.

Kitten in Car

Newman said he knew the choice was clear.

“I love animals,” he explained. “I couldn’t see her without a home. I have three kids at home that would love to play with her.”

Just like that the kitten had a new home. Now all she needed was a name.

Sonata (PHOTO: Tiffany Vermillion-Newman)

Sonata (PHOTO: Tiffany Vermillion-Newman)

“We got her out a Sonata so she had to be “Sonata,” Newman said.

He said he went out on his lunch break to shop for some toys, food, and a litter box for the little kitten.

Once Sonata got to her new home, she fit right in with his six-month-old Labrador Retriever.

“They are already playing like there’s no tomorrow,” he added.

“It was a good morning, we are just happy she is safe now.”