Pit bulls maul Calif. minivan chasing kitten

In this undated photo released by the Palm Springs Police Department shows a minivan that was attacked by four Pitt bull terriers trying to get a stray cat by flattening the vehicle's tire and chewed away big chunks of the fender and bumper. AP Photo/Palm Springs Police Department

(CBS/AP) PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Attacking pit bulls trying to get to a stray kitten hiding in the engine compartment of a Southern California minivan flattened the vehicle's tire and chewed away big chunks of the fender and bumper.

Four pit bull terriers had chased the kitten into the Dodge minivan engine compartment.

A photo of "Fender Lynx," a seven-week-old stray kitten who hid inside the engine compartment of a Southern California minivan.
KPSP
The vehicle's owner changed the tire on Monday and drove 25 miles from Banning to Palm Springs before he discovered the 7-week-old kitten, which had moved into a hollow part of the front bumper.

The Desert Sun of Palm Springs reports an animal control officer freed the kitten following a 40-minute process that involved removing the bumper.

The kitten is OK and available for adoption at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.

Named "Fender Lynx" after where she was located and for her ear tips, the animal was described as an American short-haired tabby, CBS affiliate KPSP Palm Springs reported.

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