A cat-loving tree surgeon, Mike Jones, has been presented with the “Hero to Animals” Award by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
Jones climbed 100ft up a tree to save a little girl’s stranded cat.
The 1-year-old tabby, Tiggs, had been stuck in a neighbor’s tree for seven days before she was rescued by Jones. It’s believed she was spooked by a dog and climbed the tree for refuge.
Her owners, Natasha Moore an four-year-old Chloe Moore, and the RSPCA were unsuccessful in their attempts to coax the kitten down.
Firefighters struck out, too. Their ladder was too short and the branches were too dense to use a turntable ladder.
Bob Widd, general manager at Global Tree Solutions, said: We were called by the RSPCA. The tree was a giant redwood one of the tallest ones in Buckden.
I asked Mike if he could do it, because obviously it is out of the call of duty. But he said yes. He is a cat lover himself so he jumped at the opportunity.”
Using ropes and pulleys, Jones hoisted himself more than 100ft. up the tree to reach the cat and bring her down safely.
Widd said, There was a crowd watching him as he used a rope and harness to climb up. He said when he got to the top the cat was a bit scared but he managed to coax it down. He was very pleased.
Global Tree Solutions based in Offord Cluny, said there would be no charge for the service.
Poorva Joshipura from PETA said: “The bravery, skill and determination that Mr Jones showed in saving Tiggs’ life is an inspiration to others throughout the community and beyond.
“And Global Tree Solutions deserves a ton of credit for demonstrating what can be achieved when people do whatever it takes to help an animal in distress.”
A spokesman for Global Tree Solutions said: “I don’t think Mike was expecting this award. But his actions seem to have touched a lot of heartstrings.”
Jones said although he was flattered to receive the award it had come at a difficult time for him. Within a few days of the rescue, he returned home from work to find his beloved cat, Misky, had been run over.
He said: “I like animals and until recently I had a cat of my own, which I loved dearly. He was run over outside my house and I miss him terribly.”
[SOURCE: Hunts Post]