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Woman Tries to Rescue Cat, Needs Rescuing
Tara Dennis heard cat crying in tree for days
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Jun 16, 2014 9:08 AM CDT

(Newser) – Firefighters typically wouldn't rescue a cat caught in a tree. But they did on Sunday ... in order to rescue the woman who tried to save it. "Normally, we recommend they just let animals come down by themselves," said the deputy fire chief in Erie, Pa., after 21-year-old Tara Dennis was unable to get back down the tree. "I love animals," she explains to the Erie Times-News. "I couldn't let the cat stay up there" after hearing its cries for a couple of days.

So she says she climbed a fence, got on a garage roof, and then scrambled onto the tree's lowest branch, eventually climbing an estimated 40 feet. After she stowed the cat safely in her shirt and started to climb down, she realized she, too, needed rescuing; a neighbor called 911. The fire department used a 28-foot ladder to first get the unidentified cat, then Dennis, back down to earth. (In Wisconsin, a woman broke into a shelter in an attempt to reclaim her cats.)

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Jun 16, 2014 10:19 AM CDT
Here's her pic. Tight enough little shorts? The fireman does not seem entertained.
Jun 16, 2014 9:48 AM CDT
I think she was just trying to meet a firefighter. If she gets stuck up there again, shoot her with a tranquilizer dart and catch her when she falls.
Jun 16, 2014 9:42 AM CDT
As a fireman told me when called to our house (by a neighbor, who was sick of the yowling) to rescue our cat from high up in an oak tree: "I've never heard of anyone finding a cat skeleton in a tree."