Call for help sends firefighters to cat's rescue

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - It was a call for help, but not what you might expect.

The Pikeville Fire Department responded to a rescue call Thursday morning after one family discovered their cat stuck in a tree and spent three days trying to get him down.

"He disappeared for a whole day. I didn't know what happened," said Jerry Palmer, "I thought maybe he went home or you know out tom catting or whatever, and then I heard him hollering. My son did. So we located the noise, and I looked up and there he was in the tree."

With only one way down Booties the cat sat frozen in fear for three days.

By day three Booties' owners knew they only had one thing to do: call Pikeville Fire Department to the rescue.

"We were able to set a 24 foot ground ladder. One of the firefighters climbed the ladder and retrieved the cat," said Battalion Chief Robert Lindsey.

It was an unusual call for the firefighters, but one they were glad to make.

"I know it's not their, job but i'm just glad they came out and got him out of the tree for us," said Palmer.

Rescuing their four-legged friend, acting as heroes to Booties, and reuniting a family.

Booties appeared to be in good health when firefighters pulled him from the tree, just in need of a good meal.

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