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2 kittens halt NYC subway service

NEW YORK — It only took two kittens to stop the city’s subway in its tracks.

Power was cut to the B and Q lines in Brooklyn for more than an hour after a woman reported Thursday morning that her kittens were loose in the subway, transit officials said.

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The furry felines, one black and the other white with gray stripes, were finally found on the tracks and rescued about seven hours later.

How they got there was a mystery, but they were seen running dangerously close to the high-voltage third rail.

Their owner rushed to a subway station with cat food to give to transit workers who were sent onto the tracks to use to try to corral them.

Power was suspended between several stops — about half the Q line and the B line’s entire service in Brooklyn — on the local and express tracks for 90 minutes, Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman Judie Glave said. The express line was stopped for another half-hour.

The kittens were discovered Thursday evening and police officers removed them from the subway tunnel in crates, Glave said.

While the effort on behalf of the kittens created delays for passengers, shuttles were provided to take riders to other Brooklyn subway stations, said transit officials, who couldn’t immediately provide the cost of the extra service.

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