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I brake for small animals and apparently so does New York's MTA

Posted by on Aug. 31, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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New Yorkers disagree about subway stop for missing kittens

Power was cut to the B and Q lines in Brooklyn after a woman reported Thursday that her kittens were loose in the nation’s largest subway system, transit officials said.

The Associated Press and The New York Times

NEW YORK — A candidate for mayor of New York, who also is former head of the city’s subway system, said he wouldn’t have stopped the subway because two lost kittens were scrambling along the tracks.

On Thursday, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) cut power on two Brooklyn subway lines for more than an hour as the two pets scurried around the tracks. The cats were rescued about seven hours later.

A spokesman for Joe Lhota, ex-chairman of the MTA and mayoral candidate, told The New York Post Friday that shutting down subway service for lost cats is not appropriate.

Other mayoral hopefuls told the paper they would’ve stopped the trains.

Officials say kittens Arthur and August are being treated in a shelter.

Power was cut to the B and Q lines in Brooklyn after a woman reported Thursday morning that her kittens were loose in the nation’s largest subway system, transit officials said.

How they got there was a mystery. But they were seen running dangerously close to the high-voltage third rail.

Their owner rushed to a subway station with cat food for transit workers dispatched onto the tracks to use to try to corral them.

Power was suspended between several stops — about half the Q line and the B line’s entire service in Brooklyn — on the local and express tracks for 90 minutes, MTA spokeswoman Judie Glave said.

But the skittish kittens disappeared again before being discovered Thursday evening under the third rail of an aboveground express track. Police officers removed the kittens in crates, Glave said.

Some passengers wanted to help by scouring the tracks, but were turned down by MTA workers citing safety concerns.

While the effort on behalf of the kittens created delays for passengers, the Q operated a shuttle service between two of its normal Brooklyn stops, said transit officials, who couldn’t immediately provide the cost of the extra service.

In the past, New York City has been known to grow invested in tales of cat rescue. Many cheered on Jack the Cat, lost in a baggage area at Kennedy International Airport in 2011, but found two months later on site. Then there was Willow, a calico from Colorado, who turned up on Manhattan’s East Side five years after escaping from home.

But the circumstances Thursday presented a wrinkle: It is easy to root for a search that has little downside; one that snarls train service is another matter.

“I’m pro-cat,” Alex Davies, a reporter for Business Insider, posted on Twitter, “but this is absurd.”

The authority said that animals like dogs and raccoons occasionally disrupted service. Three weeks ago, a small shark was found aboard a Queens-bound N train, bewildering passengers in Manhattan. But the train completed its run to Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard.

Gene Russianoff, a lawyer, said the decision to shut down service was understandable given the time of day.

But he noted that not all creatures of the rails would be afforded the same treatment.

“For the rats,” he said, “they probably speed up the train.”



by on Aug. 31, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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rfurlongg
by on Aug. 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM

I read that yesterday. Very sweet.

JakeandEmmasMom
by Platinum Member on Aug. 31, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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 I saw that on the news last night.  They were so tiny!  I'm glad they are okay.  As someone who wasn't on the subway, needing to get wherever I was going, I'm glad they stopped the train. ;-)

Bieg9093
by Bronze Member on Aug. 31, 2013 at 12:30 PM

 Call me crazy.  I say it's okay to stop the trains for a cat, but not for more than 20 minutes.  I have no idea why that's my magic number.  But I'd let a dog have 45 minutes.

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Aug. 31, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Seven hours? I love cats. I am the kind of person who brakes for chipmunks in the roadway. But seven hours of stranded people to search for cats in a subway? Meh. I think that's pushing it. I agree with Bieg. Maybe an hour. But not seven. 

T-HoneyLuv
by on Aug. 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM
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My sister in law was on that train. She texted me giving me updates. Glad I wasn't riding yesterday.
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krysstizzle
by on Aug. 31, 2013 at 5:37 PM

A small shark was found on the subway? What??

susannah2000
by Bronze Member on Aug. 31, 2013 at 10:03 PM
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Quoting cjsbmom:

Seven hours? I love cats. I am the kind of person who brakes for chipmunks in the roadway. But seven hours of stranded people to search for cats in a subway? Meh. I think that's pushing it. I agree with Bieg. Maybe an hour. But not seven. 


It said that power was interrupted for about an hour, while shuttles operated for passengers. It said the kittens were rescued seven hours later but it did NOT say passengers were stranded all that time.

susannah2000
by Bronze Member on Aug. 31, 2013 at 10:04 PM

No act of kindness is ever wasted. Bravo NY!

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