NYC mayoral hopeful: Don't stop trains for kittens

In this Aug. 29, 2013 photo provided by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York, two kittens stand between the rails on subway tracks in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Power was cut to the tracks as transit workers tried to remove the kittens from the tracks but they ran away. Officials say workers and passengers are on the lookout for them and train operators are being asked to proceed with caution. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Transit Authority)

In this Aug. 29, 2013 photo provided by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York, two kittens stand between the rails on subway tracks in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Power was cut to the tracks as transit workers tried to remove the kittens from the tracks but they ran away. Officials say workers and passengers are on the lookout for them and train operators are being asked to proceed with caution. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Transit Authority)

NEW YORK (AP) — A former chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority and New York City mayoral hopeful says he wouldn't have stopped the subway because two lost kittens were scrambling along the tracks.

A spokesman for Joe Lhota tells the New York Post Friday the candidate doesn't think shutting down subway service for lost cats is appropriate. But he said Lhota believes it wouldn't be the mayor's decision in any case.

On Thursday, the MTA cut power on two Brooklyn subway lines for more than an hour as the two pets scurried around the tracks. The furry felines were finally rescued about seven hours later.

Officials say kittens Arthur and August are being treated in a shelter.

Other mayoral hopefuls tell the paper they would've stopped the trains.


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