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MFD Rescues 'Loco' the Cat After Two Day Ordeal

Middletown Fire Fighters save Loco the cat

A Middletown cat's unnerving, two day adventure came to an end, thanks to the assistance from the Middletown Fire Department.

The two-year-old feline, Loco, which appropriately means 'crazy' in Spanish, climbed to the top of a tree on the corner of  Newport Avenue and Ellery Avenue; and refused to come down.

One neighbor bravely attempted a rescue, but Loco had settled on a limb that was over 20 feet high, and was beyond reach of a ladder.

Although residents might feel hesitant to dial the fire department for a stranded pet, Middletown Fire Chief Ronald Doire says when in doubt, call.

"Middletown Firefighters can do this type of operation safely and help prevent a resident form possibly getting injured doing something beyond their training or experience," said Doire.  He said the department can still respond to an emergency call when out in the field.  The Chief added it can also be a good training opportunity for the department. 

Lucky for Loco, the Middletown Fire Department arrived quickly to the scene.  Captain Pete Faerber and Firefighter Jon Reese responded with Engine 1 and used a 24 foot ground ladder to reach the frightened feline.

Doire said Loco was quickly rescued, and was happy to be reunited with his family back on the ground.

Amelia Medeiros October 15, 2012 at 02:05 PM
This is another good reason to keep a cat inside the house among many other reasons. I'm so happy the cat is down safely thanks to MFD. Another cat lover who keeps ours inside!
Shirley C. Lally October 15, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Hooray for the Middletown FD. And welcomes home, Loco!
Stanley Martin October 16, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Hey Sam I've never seen a dead cat in a tree.... THEY ALWAYS COME DOWN. Nice FD slander...
Robert E October 16, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Thats because when they die they fall out of the tree.Cats do get stuck in trees. They do die. Here’s why a cat’s claws are designed for climbing up. A cat is not a squirrel; squirrels can climb up, down, and sideways, always headfirst, no problem. But a cat must climb with her head up to avoid falling, and once she’s up, the only way down is to back down. Once she’s close enough to the ground, she’ll turn around and jump down; the biggest challenge is a tree that has no low branches, like a pine tree. By the time the immediate danger or curiosity has passed, Kitty has used her burst of adrenaline and does not have enough energy left for the time-consuming, frightening task of descent. This is especially true of an indoor cat with little or no climbing experience. We don’t see cat skeletons in trees because of a well-known law of nature called gravity: Kitty becomes too weak to hold on, lets go, and falls.
Sam Smith October 16, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Stanley - that's what they said including the vets, animal control, and the SPCA. We put out food and water lower to try to get it down to no avail. It even stayed in the tree during several heavy rain and wind storms. This kitty wasn't coming down and based on the height it was at it was probablty chased by coyote .This was a high pine tree with very low branches for a possible descent - as Robert E stated below. As far as NFD slander - not so just stated the facts!

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