Our network

Heroic tree trimmer reunites treed cat with 5-year-old girl | Animal Lovers

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Heroic tree trimmer reunites treed cat with 5-year-old girl
Animal Lovers
Heroic tree trimmer reunites treed cat with 5-year-old girl

SACRAMENTO - A tree trimmer became a local hero Friday morning after rescuing a little girl's best friend from a 40-foot pine tree.

Little  Bella Cantori's cat Duchess had been missing for about five days when neighbor JoAnn Iverson and her husband were out on a walk Wednesday.

"We were walking by the condominium complex and a woman asked if we knew how to get a cat out of a tree because it had been up there for a week," said Iverson.

Iverson said she called the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, who directed her to Animal Control, who in turn directed her to the Sac Metro Fire Dept.

"The fire department came out Wednesday night and tried everything they could to get the cat," Iverson said.

Unfortunately, instead of freeing the frightened feline, the rescue attempt scared Duchess even further up the tree. Due to the density of the tree, firefighters deemed continued efforts unsafe and were forced to abandon the rescue in hopes that Duchess would come down on her own.

But a phone call Friday morning indicated Duchess was still stranded, weak and hungry.  Crews returned for a second shot at rescuing her, but despite their best efforts, were unsuccessful again.

Desperate to reunite Duchess with her young owner, firefighters sought the assistance of a tree trimming company working around the corner. 

One of the employees heeded the call and used a boom lift to get into the tree above the cat. He then climbed down, grabbed Duchess and brought her back down to the safety of little Bella's outstretched arms.

Animal Lovers