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​Cat blamed for Florida shelter flood after turning on faucet

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- A cat came with a flood warning when it was adopted from a Florida animal shelter.

Officials at the Florida Humane Society in Pompano Beach told the Miami Herald that one of its cats turned on a faucet last week, leaving the water to run for 17 hours.

President Carol Ebert said the flooding caused water to run out the shelter's back door. No animals were injured, but the shelter was seeking donations to repair floors, cabinets and other damage estimated around $5,000.

Volunteer Terry Arbour said the shelter suspects a 6-month-old kitten known to play in the sinks.

"We can't be sure which cat did it, because we don't have cameras in there, but we have a good idea because there was one younger female cat who really liked playing in sinks," Arbour told the newspaper. "There was a tall spout in that sink that moves around, and the cat somehow was able to turn it on. It's possible there was collusion from others, but she probably had something to do with it."

The cat's name was not released. Arbour said the cat was recently adopted and its new owners were told it was "intelligent enough to turn on water faucets."

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