Good Samaritan and NHP trooper rescue 3-month-old kitten running around on I-15

A 3-month-old kitten was rescued on I-15 after a Good Samaritan scooped her out of traffic. NHP delivered the kitten to an animal hospital. (Denise Rosch | KSNV)

A 3-month-old kitten is lucky to be alive after dodging traffic on I-15.

On Wednesday, a Good Samaritan scooped the cat off the highway near the Washington exit. While the story ends well, Nevada Highway Patrol troopers say there's a safer way to handle these situations.

"I saw her parked on the side of the road, little potato next to the island because I was in the left lane," said Good Samaritan Rosalind Buslon.

"That's the most dangerous thing you could do in your entire life," replied NHP Trooper Jason Buratczuk.

"As soon as I went to approach her, she sprinted. And I started running too," said Buslon. "She looked so small."

Buslon says she had no choice. As she was driving to school Wednesday morning, she spotted a kitten next to the center divider on I-15 near Washington Avenue. As she stopped to help, Buratczuk rolled up, worried about both of them.

"Center median, female is chasing a cat in and out of travel lanes," Buratczuk could be heard saying while on body cam.

"We don't know if that animal is going to run into the road. We don't know if that person is going to chase it into the road. And these cars are going 65 miles an hour," said Buratczuk.

Fortunately, Buslon was able to catch the kitten and Buratczuk took custody, delivering her to an emergency animal hospital on Durango Drive and Tropicana Avenue.

"I have the cat in custody," Buratczuk said on body cam.

He says it wasn't easy.

"When I had it in the back of my car, I was looking at it, looked so sweet and as soon as I went to grab it, it was game on. Claws were out," said Buratczuk.

Today, the kitten is much calmer. Aside from abrasions on the bottom of her feet, she's in good health. A potential foster family has already been found.

Buslon says she actually drove past the kitten at first, contacting Animal Control. But when she called back about 10 minutes later, she learned no one had been dispatched yet, so she turned around and came back. Here's the kicker: she's a dog person.

"I had to pick it up or something bad could happen," said Buslon.

"If you do see an animal in the roadway, slow down, pull off to the side of the road, call NHP. *NHP. You can even dial 911 and just give us the best location of that animal and we'll get out as soon as possible," said Buractzuk.

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