Published: Sep 23, 2010 7:46 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 23, 2010 4:46 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A bucket, a rope and cat food did the trick.

Residents in a Tampa neighborhood Tuesday night dialed 911 after hearing a kitten meowing. The cat, which was in a sewer storm drain, was sitting 9 feet below the pavement on a small ledge.

Enter Tampa Police Field Training Officer Colin McCoy and Probationary Officer Aaron Campbell. They gathered a bucket, a rope and kibble from neighbors. McCoy and Campbell lined the bucket with the food, then lowered it to the cat.

The kitten hopped in the bucket and officers pulled it to safety. The officers took the tiny cat to a veterinarian. The doctor decided to keep the homeless animal.