Truck Driver Rescues Kitten from Landfill

A sanitation worker in Ohio made a special rescue at the Rumpke Sanitary Landfill under a portable toilet.

Truck driver Steve Johnson found the animal, saying he heard a faint meow, before searching and discovering the weeks-old kitten.

“She was very scared, but after a few minutes of me petting her back, she calmed right down,” Johnson said. “I am a big animal advocate, and I’m just glad we were able to assist this animal.”

Johnson took the kitten back to the Rumpke office where it was fed and cared for. A team member has decided to keep the animal.

“Unfortunately, it is an all-too-common scenario to find animals discarded at our landfills,” said Molly Yeager, communications manager, Rumpke. “But fortunately, we have many animal lovers that work here and have adopted them over the years. We are very appreciative of Steve, the team’s quick actions and that this kitten is now safe and loved.”

There was a great debate over the newfound kitten’s name, coworkers debated on names like Land-FILL-o-mina or Fluffy (for the fluff layer that is used as part of the landfill liner system).

Ultimately, it was decided the feline’s name would be Coco.

Rumpke officials said the animal is in good spirits!

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