Three kittens that were left in a box next to the garbage have been rescued and are safe, thanks to a Hartford city worker.
A Hartford public works employee was on his regular run, collecting garbage on Monroe Street on Tuesday morning, when he saw an orange Nike box left next to the garbage and recycling bins.
He picked it up.
Thinking it was a rat, he dropped the box.
Soon, he realized it was no rat.
Inside the sneaker box were three little kittens.
He called animal control.
For the next 30 minutes, he watched the kittens and waited for officers to arrive.
Now, the abandoned little ones were brought to a veterinarian in Windsor.
The kittens are believed to be about 4 weeks old and will be available for adoption from Animal Friends of Connecticut in West Hartford once they are better.
The residents of the house where the kittens were left were not home, but officials said it is likely someone else dropped the kittens there.