The Lathrop-Manteca Fire District responded to a call to rescue not a cat — but a German shepherd-type dog — from a tree near the end of Mossdale Road in southern San Joaquin County.
The dog chased a cat almost to the top of the tree and then realized it might have been outsmarted by the feline. A Saturday post on the fire district’s Facebook page shows the cat and dog facing off at the top of the tree, as two firefighters prepare a ladder for the rescue.
“Once it was on a big limb the dog realized it could not get itself down,” Captain Justin Neely said.
Engineer Martin Ortiz climbed the ladder to rescue the dog and returned it to its owner.
The cat came down on its own, Neely said. “Everyone was OK. No scratches.”
A series of photograghs pretty much tells the story except for one question: How did the dog climb so high?
Neely explained the dog was able to leap onto the tree trunk in pursuing the cat. A limb on the old tree was at an angle allowing the dog to walk up and almost reach the cat, which clung to the end of a branch.
“I have been with the department six or seven years and seen plenty of cats in a tree, but I’ve never seen a dog in a tree,” Neely said.
The fire department did not have the name of the dog, which is owned by the reporting party. There was no info on the cat’s identity.
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