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NYC neighborhood scrambling to save kittens trapped behind brick wall

NEW YORK —  The clock is ticking to rescue a group of cats trapped behind a brick wall in Queens. They’ve been stuck for three days and are likely thirsty and hungry.

For months, the cats had been living in a narrow alley-like area between an apartment building and garage on Northern Boulevard. They’ve won the hearts of people in the neighborhood who stopped by to feed them.

“There are so many inside," said Carol Yao, a trained animal rescuer who works with organizations Kitty Kind and Angelico. "How can people just build this brick wall and starve these kittens to death?"

For weeks, she has been feeding the group of about 10 cats to gain their trust with the ultimate goal of catching them, according to WPIX. She was shocked when she arrived three days ago.

“I came in, there’s a new brick wall, absolutely closes the opening. All the cats were trapped in there,” said Yao. “They have adult cats in there and lots of kittens -- 3 to 4 months old at most.”

A wall about 15 feet high was built on either end, trapping the cats inside. They’re now out of sight and their conditions unknown.

Sadly, the one cat that did escape before the wall went up now wanders on the other side and gazes up at the wall, trying to find a way to get back with his family.

Yao says they have offered to pay for the cost to knock down a section of the wall.

“They don’t have to break the whole wall, just a few feet at the bottom so that we can stick inside a long cat trapping cage and one by one, we will trap the cats.”

The city has been notified and the ASPCA will handle the rescue, but no definitive time has been set.