Watch: Kitten Rescued After Getting Trapped in Car Dashboard

This is the moment when rescuers pulled a trapped kitten from the dashboard of a vehicle.

The rescue took place in the Swansboro neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia, early Sunday afternoon after the car's owner called for help.

Video footage shows how a Richmond Animal Care and Control officer retrieved the ginger and white cat after firefighters removed a number of panels from the vehicle dashboard.

Cat stuck inside car's dashboard
A Richmond Animal Care and Control officer rescued a kitten stuck inside a car's dashboard in Richmond, Virginia, on Sunday, August 21, 2022. Firefighters had to remove several panels in order for the officer to reach the cat. @rvafire/Zenger

The kitten was handed back to the vehicle's owner 18 minutes after the firefighters arrived on the scene.

The Richmond Fire Department said in a statement on social media: "Every call is different for our firefighters, but we're glad this one had a pawsitive ending.

"At approximately 2:19 p.m. this past Sunday, members of Engine 17's A shift responded to the Dollar Tree on Cowardin Avenue for the report of a kitten stuck in the dashboard of a vehicle.

"Our crew had to remove several panels in order for the Richmond Animal Care and Control officer to retrieve the cat. They were able to get it done and return to service at 2:37 p.m.

"This is a video of the moment the kitten was freed! The cat was then turned over to the owner of the vehicle. Our responding firefighters said a 'purrfect' name for it is Audi."

The video shows the animal control officer carefully reaching up under the dashboard of the car at the driver's side. One of the firefighters can be heard saying off-camera: "We've got you, buddy. Hang on!"

Then another off-camera voice is heard saying "Come on little guy. Come on," as the two firefighters huddle over the car. The off-camera voice then says "Yay! Turn around Jules!"

Cat rescued from car's dashboard
A Richmond Animal Care and Control officer rescued a kitten stuck inside a car's dashboard in Richmond, Virginia, on Sunday, August 21, 2022. Firefighters had to remove several panels in order for the officer to reach the cat. @rvafire/Zenger

One of the firefighters musses the fur on the cat's head as it looks around in the daylight. Finally, the animal control officer turns smiling to the camera, gently holding the freed kitty.

Richmond Animal Care and Control is a municipal agency that issues permits, enforces laws relating to animals, and investigates cruelty to animals. It also operates an animal shelter.

While the municipal budget covers the basic operational costs of the agency, the Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) Foundation provides funding for emergency care of shelter animals and coordinates volunteers.

RACC is a nonprofit organization, which, according to its website, is "dedicated to supporting the agency's success." RACC seeks donations to continue its mission.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.