Norfolk Southern Railroad Fired Employee For Saving This Kitten From Certain Death

Norfolk Southern Phone: James A. Squires, CEO Norfolk Southern Corporation Phone: (757) 629-2845

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This is one of those kitten stories that will infuriate you. On October 30th, Chris Small was at work in a Norfolk Southern train yard in Kentucky when he heard a kitten crying. After discovering the kitten was stuck in a tank car, Small approached his boss and suggested they do what they could to get it out. His boss told him to leave the kitten alone and go back to work.

When Small went back after work, the kitten had not self-escaped, as his boss had claimed would happen, so he pulled the kitten out. When he went back to the shop, his boss said, “Congratulations, you have a cat but you probably don’t have a job.”

The next day, prior to his arrival time at work, Chris received a phone call from his company. “They told me I had been fired pending an investigation, and if I set foot on the property I would be arrested for trespassing,” he told Love Meow.

Of course, all it took was a social media post for the story to go viral, and the moment I saw the story, I said to myself… I said: “My story will include Norfolk Southern’s contact information because that is how I roll!”

So I will cover contact information, then continue the story below.

Norfolk Southern Phone:

James A. Squires, CEO Norfolk Southern Corporation
Phone: (757) 629-2845

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And now, the rest of the story:

Here’s the account in Small’s own words.

I work in the train yard in Louisville, KY. On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, I was working in the yard inspecting trains. I heard a cat meowing somewhere down the track from me, but it was dark and had just stopped raining so I couldn’t see anything. So, I began to look around as I was inspecting the cars. I expected to find an injured cat but wasn’t having any luck. As I got closer to a particular tank car, I realized the meowing was coming from inside the car. I bent down, and through a cut in the seal, I could see a tiny face. I told my boss a kitten was in the tank car and we needed to put the car in the shop so we could get it out.

He said no, to leave the cat where it was because it would climb out on its own and for me to get back to work.

There was no way this tiny kitten could climb out of that tank car on her own, and there was no way of knowing how long she’d been trapped without food or water.

I called local animal control services, but the office had closed at 7pm and no one was available. But I wasn’t going to leave a helpless animal to die, so I promised the kitten if it was still meowing by the time I finished my work, I’d come back and rescue it.

I finished my work and I could still hear her meowing, so after making sure that particular train wasn’t going to be leaving any time soon, I ran to the shop and got a pair of trash tongs. I went back to the tank car and used the tongs to begin pulling junk out of the crack where I had seen the kitten.

Along with all the trash was 3 dead kittens, 2 looked like they were stillborn and the 3rd looked as though it had lived a few days longer.

I reached in the crack one more time and managed to grab the kitten and I pulled her out and put her in the pocket of my coveralls, where she promptly fell asleep, warm for the first time in who knows how long.

I went back to the shop, and my boss said, “Congratulations, you have a cat but you probably don’t have a job.”

The next day, prior to my arrival time for work, I received a phone call telling me I had been fired pending an investigation, and if I set foot on the property I would be arrested for trespassing.

Angry yet? Make the call:

Norfolk Southern Phone:

James A. Squires, CEO Norfolk Southern Corporation
Phone: (757) 629-2845

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Promise the kitten at her new home:

 

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