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Woman Offers $100 For Cat Rescue

Everyone knows that when a cat gets stuck in a tree, firefighters rescue it. At least that’s what happens in the movies. But when Karen Fishburn and her neighbors heard a cat in a tree Saturday, then finally spotted the animal in the top of an 80-foot pine near Ray Street and East 17th Avenue Sunday evening, things didn’t go quite so smoothly. “I got the binoculars out and I could see him,” said Fishburn, who lives on 17th Avenue near the tree. “He was just a little black dot.” She walked to nearby Fire Station 14, hoping that firefighters would rush over and rescue the cat, but was turned away. Monday morning, the cat was still in the tree and it was still meowing. “That’s when I emailed the Mayor’s office,” said Fishburn. “I just really wanted someone to help get the cat out of that tree”/Pia Hallenberg, SR. More here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Question: Would you pay someone $100 to rescue your cat from a tree? (Yeah, I know that Karen Fishburn paid that much to rescue a stray.)


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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