Kitten rescued from Peoria recycling truck

It was an unlikely discovery inside a City of Peoria Recycling Truck.

The driver found a kitten among the piles of trash, and it's not the first time he's found one this way.

Angelo Almendarez was on the job last Friday, collecting recycling items along his route near 91st Avenue and Grand when he heard something odd in the back.

"I just got out of the truck after my first break, and I heard some kind of meowing in the back," said Equipment Manager Angelo Almendarez.

Among the paper, plastic, and other recyclables was a kitten.

"When I looked in here (the hatch)... right in here was the little cat where we found him. I called my boss, and we brought him in," he said.

"They think he's just a couple weeks old," said Ginger Lundy, an administrative assistant who adopted the kitten.

Ginger Lundy heard the story and decided to adopt the tabby kitten. She's bottle feeding him at the office until he can eat on his own.

"Super, super cute, little furry ball," said Lundy.

What is interesting is this isn't the first cat that Almendarez has rescued.

"Last summer I had three, we found them in the same area," said Almendarez.

Angelo is just glad he heard the kitten's cries when he did, hopeful that this is the last time he has to make a rescue like this again.

Ginger decided to name the kitten Denton, after her hometown of Denton, Texas.

Angelo isn't sure if the kittens were dumped, or they were strays born in the wild.
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