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Cat freed from truck engine after 28-mile trip has new home

FILE - In this Thursday, July 2, 2015, file photo provided by the Hackettstown Police Department, a cat rests in a box after it was freed from the engine compartment of a pickup truck at the Mars Chocolate North America plant in Hackettstown, N.J. The cat was believed to have traveled 28 miles safely from East Stroudsburg, Pa., to the plant in Hackettstown. reports that the cat was given to a Pennsylvania couple at a ceremony on Sunday, July 12, 2015. (Darren Tynan/Hackettstown Police Department via AP, File)

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A cat rescued from the engine of a pickup truck after a 28-mile ride from Pennsylvania to New Jersey now has a new home. ( reports that the cat was given to Jennifer Blunts and her boyfriend, John Tegethoff, at a ceremony Sunday. They will take the cat back their Kunkletown, Pennsylvania home.

The adoption ends a tale that began earlier this month, when the orange and white feline crawled into the pickup’s engine compartment. Not knowing the cat was there, the driver traveled from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, to the Mars Chocolate North America plant in Hackettstown, New Jersey.

Employees there heard the cat’s meows and called police. It was freed with the help of the town’s public works department and Mars employees.

The unhurt cat was dubbed Mars.

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