Firefighters rescue cat stuck on top of tree in Herriman

Posted at 7:36 PM, Mar 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-13 23:50:42-04

HERRIMAN, Utah -- They say a cat has nine lives, and one cat in Herriman is thanking his lucky stars.

Jenny Oblad returned home from work to find her young daughter showing her a cat that had climbed up her backyard tree and would not come down.

"I'm an animal lover, and I was not about to ignore that she was stuck up there," Oblad said. "I called the animal services here, and they suggested I just put some food out and it would just come down on its own, but it seemed like she was stuck."

Oblad asked for some help from her neighbors.

"We had a lot of community support, people came over to help; my daughter got out a blanket, and I got out a ladder, and we all held it up and stretched it out so that if she fell, she'd fall into the blanket," she said.

But they couldn't reach her. That's when Oblad called the Unified Fire Authority, and they came over immediately.

"We used the neighbor's ladder and some rope and were able to reach her and rescue her," Paramedic Brian Winget said.

It wasn't that easy though.

"It bit me, but it was OK since I had gloves on," Winget said.

The cat ran off as soon as Winget carefully released it to the ground. As far as who it belongs to, that's still up in the air.