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Cat Hitches Ride From Indiana to Missouri

The Associated Press
Tuesday, April 29, 2003; 10:45 PM

SEDALIA, Mo. - A cat was hungry and dirty but otherwise OK after hitching a 400-mile ride from Indianapolis to Sedalia on an 8-inch beam underneath a tractor-trailer.

The male Siamese cat was discovered Sunday after Chris Markley, a truck driver from Springdale, Ark., noticed a woman trying to flag him down. He pulled his rig into a parking lot and the woman pointed out a cat sitting on the fifth wheel frame under the trailer of his truck.

Markley told police the last time he had stopped before reaching Sedalia was at a truck stop off Interstate 65 south of Indianapolis.

Marilyn Bogard, animal control officer for the Sedalia Police Department, took the cat to the animal shelter Monday afternoon. The cat was only a little worse for wear with a case of the sniffles and a coating of grease.

"Poor baby. He's a sweetheart," said Bogard as the cat rubbed its head on her cheek, leaving a smear of grease. "He's well fed. He's just hungry because you ride from Indianapolis to here, and you'd be hungry too."

Nothing was holding the cat onto the 8-inch beam or protecting if from falling to the asphalt, according to a police report. The neutered cat is estimated to be six or seven years old.

"We've had them before get into the back of trucks, but to ride on something that narrow for that long a distance, that's pretty unusual," Bogard said.

Animal control officers in Indiana will help with the search for the cat's owners. If they don't come forward, the cat will be put up for adoption.

"We'll find him a good home, at least that's what we hope for," Bogard said. "We always like a good happy ending."

© 2003 The Associated Press
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Oh my god! I can't believe the kitty didn't fall or jump off! Wow, I'm so glad that he's ok. I hope animal control will find this miracle cat a home.
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That's all I can say...
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I'm so glad the kitty wasn't hurt! I hope they're able to find his owners now.
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Wow, what a lucky kitty! One of my cats came to us about the same way, only she was about 6 weeks old, my daughter called me from high school one day and said she had found a kitten when she was in p.e. class. Turns out that some kittens were in a car engine driven by one of the ladys that works in the cafeteria and she had unknowingly driven to work with kittens in the engine compartment, when she got there the one we have, her name in Cham, ran out and ran out to the ballfield, all the other kittens died, they were all killed by the engine, my daughter found the one that was left hiding under the bleachers at the baseball field and the principal let her call me to come and get her. She and a friend had carried this little thing around in their jackets like a baby for 2 classes. She was ok, not hurt in any way, just dirty and really small. I took her to the vet and she was checked out and is a really beautiful cat now, she is about 4 years old now.
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OMG, I live in Springdale, Arkansas...what an amazing story!!!!
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He must be the kind of kitty with suckion(sp?) cups on the bottom of his paws!!!!!!
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