Cat rescued from truck's engine compartment after 28-mile journey to N.J. adopted by Pa. family

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (WABC) -- A cat rescued from a pickup truck's engine compartment after a 28-mile, multi-state journey to New Jersey has been adopted.

Hackettstown police said the kitten, which was named "MARS," was adopted Monday by Jennifer Blunts, her boyfriend John Tegethoff and daughter Kimberly Tegehoff, all of Kunkletown, Pa. The exchange happened at Common Sense for Animals in New Village, N.J.

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MARS had ridden under the truck's hood on July 2 from East Stroudsburg, Pa., to the Mars Chocolate North America plant in Hackettstown.

Employees at the plant heard the cat's meows and called police.

The cat was freed from the fan blades with the help of the town's public works department and Mars employees.

The cat ran off but was soon caught by police and turned over to an animal control officer. It wasn't injured.

Mars Petcare paid for the cat's adoption and provided the family with a year's supply of cat food. The family in-turn donated that pet food to the animal shelter and made a monetary donation to the shelter.
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