CHARLOTTE, N.C. A cat was stranded in an east Charlotte tree for several days after slipping out the door of its family s home.
She's been up there six days, said Kimi O'Dell of her beloved cat Rookie.
The cat had no food or no water and was stuck in the sweltering heat.
I've been trying to call people all week, O Dell said. Unfortunately no one was willing to help. The fire department won't do it. Other tree services won't do it. Animal rescue won't do it.
Finally, she found a tree service that would come out.
We rescue cats on a regular basis, said a tree trimmer from Heartwood Tree Service.
She's as high up as she can go, said a frightened O Dell.
Rookie stop it! Rookie, Rookie! she said as the cat kept moving away from those trying to rescue her.
Finally, they get close enough.
One guy tied a rope around the limb and two other guys pulled the limb close enough to grab Rookie.
She didn't know who he was and she was freaking out, O Dell said.
And she jumped away from him.
She plummeted to earth and she was just kind of flying through the air, O Dell said. And I think I let out a Jamie Lee Curtis scream.
A couple of hours later they found Rookie hiding under a neighbor's porch safe and sound.
We just can't believe the outcome was so positive, O Dell said.
She took rookie to a vet and believe it or not there are no broken bones. Rookie is just fine.
The cost, by the way, to have that tree service come out was $190.