Ottawa Fire Services received a call this afternoon from a distraught pet owner.
Dispatch was advised that “Tommy” the family cat had been chased up into a tree by a neighbourhood dog.
The cat had been in the tree for over 30 minutes and showed no signs of coming down.
When it was mentioned that neighbours were offering to help, there was a concern from Ottawa Fire Services personnel that someone may be injured when using ladders to retrieve a distressed animal.
In this case, the firefighters from the area fire station opted to take proactive and preventative measures.
Much to his owners delight, Tommy was successfully rescued by Firefighter Fleck and his crew.
Danielle Cardinal, a public information officer with the Ottawa Fire Service said though these emergencies are often not life threatening, they can often become dangerous if persons put themselves in harm’s way and don’t consider all the consequences possible.
Photo source: Ottawa Fire Service