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Dog saves kitten, nurses her as her own puppy

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ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A lifesaving rescue was performed by a dog this past weekend.

Anderson's Animal Control found a dog and kitten duo, and they believe the dog saved the kitten from a ravine. Now, she's treating the baby cat like her own pup, even nursing her.

Monday morning, Animal Control Officer Michele Smith was called to a neighborhood behind Home Depot on Clemson Boulevard about a barking dog.

What she found wasn't a standard nuisance call.

She said the neighbor had been hearing a dog's bark since Saturday morning. To find the animal, Smith needed to follow the bark and climb down an embankment to reach her.

She wasn't expecting to find the dog with another furry friend.

"I think it would've been OK for the dog to walk down the hill. I got down there, so it should be pretty easy for the dog, but I'm thinking it just couldn't get back up with the kitten, and I don't think it was willing to leave the kitten," Smith said.

PAWS animal rescue in Anderson is keeping the duo. They said the dog is at least 5 years old, in good health, freshly groomed and has a collar. The dog has been treating the weeks-old kitten as her own, cleaning, tending and nursing her. PAWS Director Jessica Cwynar said the dog is likely going through a pseudo-pregnancy to produce milk. She said it's not enough to provide for the kitten, so they are also bottle feeding the cat.

Smith said in 17 years working with animals, she doesn't usually see different types of animals become friends like this and has never seen a dog nurse a kitten.

Since the dog seems to be a pet, PAWS will hold it for 14 days to give the family time to find her. PAWS said they'll be verifying the owners by vet and grooming records. If no one comes forward in 14 days, the duo will be put up for adoption.

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