Would-be cat rescuer ends up needing rescue


ERIE (AP) – Authorities in northwestern Pennsylvania said a woman who tried to rescue a cat from a tree ended up needing a rescue herself.

Firefighters in Erie said they brought a 28-foot ladder to help Tara Dennis get down from the branches Sunday.

Residents told the Times-News they’ve heard the feline crying for several days. It was not clear who owns the cat.

Dennis said she couldn’t stand by and do nothing. So she scaled a fence, got on a roof and climbed onto a branch. She reached the animal, but the 21-year-old got stuck as she tried to come down. A neighbor called 911.

Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Carroll says firefighters first carried down the cat, then helped Dennis.

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