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‘Hubcat’ the kitten is rescued from a truck wheel in Lawrence

This kitten was found stuck in the wheel of a resident’s truck in Lawrence.MSPCA–Angell

Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and nonevents, most of which never make the news. Here is a sampling of lesser-known — but no less noteworthy — incidents from police log books (a.k.a. blotters) in our suburbs.

MEET HUBCAT THE KITTEN

A tiny, 4-week-old kitten earned the name Hubcat after becoming stuck in the wheel of a truck in Lawrence on Nov. 4. Animal control officers were trying to remove a group of kittens from the streets when they discovered the injured one. “This little guy got scared and hid in the tire,” said Meaghan O’Leary, director of operations at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen. “No one could find him until they heard him crying. It was just so heartbreaking.” They then contacted a local towing company to help free the kitten and bring him to a veterinarian, and ultimately he ended up at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. “Our vets immediately cleaned him up, sutured a large wound on his leg, and bandaged his foot,” O’Leary said. “We’re optimistic that we’ll be able to save his leg, but we’ll likely need to amputate some toes.” The kitten was due to undergo surgery and will stay in a foster home until he’s old enough to be adopted, she said. “It’s going to take him four to six weeks to recover from his surgery,” said O’Leary. “He’ll stay in foster care during that time, and we’ll change his bandages and check his foot regularly. Right now, the kitten’s doing great with his foster. He’s eating well and has even been moving around, despite his injuries. We know that he’ll be a wonderful pet when he’s fully recovered.” Those interested in adopting the little kitten from Lawrence or making a donation to cover the costs of his surgery can do so online at mspca.org/hubcat. MSPCA officials will also be posting updates on that page as he recovers from his injuries. “This little guy used used 8 of his 9 lives when he got stuck in a tire,” MSPCA tweeted, “but he’s on the mend!”

A SQUIRRELY SITUATION

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At 4:18 p.m. on Oct. 7, Wilmington police received a call about a squirrel that was trapped inside a closet at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church. The animal control officer responded and was able to free the squirrel and let it out.

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NO SALE

On Oct. 6, Stow police received a call from a resident who said a man came to the house to buy a motorcycle and the two of them ended up getting into an argument. When the homeowner asked him to leave, he refused and started recording their encounter with his phone. Police documented the incident in the log and noted that peace was restored.

WHERE AM I?

At 11:12 p.m. on Oct. 1, Peabody police checked on a suspicious motor vehicle that was parked on a cart path at the Salem Country Club on Forest Street. It turned out that the driver ended up there because he was lost. Police reported back that his “direction has been corrected and he is on his way.”

SOMETHING FISHY IS GOING ON

At 9:05 a.m. on Nov. 7, Bridgewater police got a 911 call from someone reporting heavy smoke coming from an apartment in a complex on Summit Drive. The officer who responded to the call reported that a “fish tank filter was smoking and has been extinguished.”

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NOT MUSIC TO HIS EARS

At 10:22 a.m. on Oct. 16, Hingham police were dispatched to the Fruit Center Marketplace at 79 Water St. because the store manager was complaining that a violin player was “on the corner blasting his music, causing a disturbance.” Police spoke to the musician and said he was “going to move along.”


Emily Sweeney can be reached at emily.sweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney and on Instagram @emilysweeney22.