SCHENECTADY – A fire department spokesman credits a private tree service company Monday for helping rescue a cat that had been stranded high in a tree for at least a week.
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Meanwhile, the deputy fire chief Don Mareno spoke of his concern about the danger of a previous exertion by another man who climbed the tree on Sunday to go after the cat – but held on at a height of more than 18 meters than he was Lost rope.
The young, short-haired cat named Bae has been missing since May 16 and was discovered about 30 meters tall on a tree in Central Park on May 24.
A local following of residents, including animal rights teacher Valerie Lang Waldin, looked after the cat while it was stuck in the tree.
On Sunday morning, the fire department received a call for a man in the tree in Central Park. The man who had spikes on his shoes was about 60 or 70 feet high in the tree. He had lost it The rope he used to climb it, said Mareno.
The fire brigade did not have floor ladders that could reach the man at risk and, contrary to the department’s guidelines, took a bucket truck from the street.
The situation was dangerous for the heavy truck, which is equipped with supports, as it could have got stuck in the rain-soaked ground.
The fire brigade rescued the man with the Kübelwagen after about 40 minutes of use.
Firefighters then turned their attention to the cat, which now stood 25 to 30 meters high on a threadbare section of the tree. But the fire brigade was unable to get there. The bucket is not designed to navigate between topics. It interrupted efforts, said Mareno.
During the day, the assistant fire chief went to the park a few times to see if the cat had continued down the tree, which made it easier for the department. But the cat hadn’t come down, said Mareno.
The next day, Allmark Tree and Crane Service’s Mark Moeske offered to try to get the cat.
Mareno said Moeske had the right thing Equipment and had a plan.
The fire department cordoned off the area in case something went wrong with Moeske’s equipment or fallen branches.
In the event of a fall, a medical team was also on site.
Moeske couldn’t reach the cat. But the cat began to come down on its own. The cat fell at around the 30-foot mark where there were no more branches, Mareno said.
The cat received veterinary care from the Humane Society and eventually reunited with its owner.
Mareno credits Moeske for doing “a wonderful job” tracking the pet.
On the flip side, Mareno said the agency is not advising efforts like that of the man who lost his rope.
It’s too dangerous, he said.
“We’re not going to advise anyone to do it themselves – especially if they’re not trained, especially if they don’t have the equipment, especially if they don’t have a plan for doing it,” said Mareno.
The deputy chief admitted that the department violated its guidelines. It usually doesn’t help with cats stuck in trees, nor is it supposed to take its shovel cart off the road.
“But we do, depending on the situation, and if we could have gotten this cat with our bucket on Sunday morning, we would have done it. “
According to Waldin, the cat is in good health. She thanked the New York State Humane Association and on her Facebook page Diane Metz from Orange Street Cats for offering to cover the cost.
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