A beloved house cat sat in a tree for three days before being rescued.
Alison Miles reached out to the London Fire Brigade for keeping her daughter’s cat, Buddy, stuck even after visiting her house twice to help.
The angry mother claims that firefighters refused to attempt a rescue and that someone reportedly told her, “I don’t like cats.”
Buddy, a tall white cat with black markings, jumped high into the 70-foot tree after being startled by New Year’s fireworks. reports MyLondon.
The two-year-old tomcat was finally persuaded by a tree surgeon after three and a half days.
The family pet is now reunited with Alison and daughter Zoe, nine.
Alison said, “We’re relieved. It was the longest three and a half days of our lives.
“He’s not a cat for my family or my daughter – he’s their baby. She didn’t sleep in the three nights he was outside.
“If I could choose who to pay my taxes to, the fire brigade wouldn’t be there. The Lewisham Fire Department came out and an officer said, ‘I don’t like cats, I don’t risk my men.’ We pay their wages and they don’t want to do the job.
“As for the RSPCA, I’m disgusted with them. They didn’t even call to see if he needed treatment.”
Animal lover Paula lives in Charlton but spent most of the day in Mottingham after seeing pictures of poor Buddy on Facebook.
She said, “The young girl was desperate that her cat was in the tree. Twice she saw firefighters come to do the rescue they should do and they are her heroes as she thought they were going to save her cat . ” .
“Once they went up to and said ‘No, I don’t like cats,’ turned around and walked away.
“God help them if I ever climb a tree and they decide to leave me there.”
She thanked Patrick Schroth of PS Tree Specialists, the “amazing” tree surgeon who came out on Holiday Monday to rescue Buddy.
He said, “I was told that the cat was up there for three days and nights and it wouldn’t last much longer.
“At the end of the day, it’s a little girl’s cat so you do what you can, don’t you?”
A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said: “A crew from Eltham participated on Monday and the officer in charge was examining all options. The cat was taller than traditional fire truck ladders, and a turntable ladder couldn’t have been close enough to cause a rescue.
“Firefighters explained the situation to local residents, suggested that an arborist could help, and left so they could be reached for another 911 call.
“Firefighters are animal lovers and two of the five firefighters who were on site are cat owners themselves. We are delighted with the cat’s safe return and the old adage of not seeing cat skeletons at the foot of the trees remains true. “
An RSPCA spokesman said, “As a charity we have limited resources and over the New Year’s weekend our animal rescue officer was called on a number of critical emergencies, including four foxes with injured legs, one swan with a neck injury, one pigeon with a broken wing and six orphaned Kittens abandoned in a parking lot.
“She was in contact with the cat’s owner and learned that the cat did not appear to be injured and that a fire department and arborist had been contacted.
“A second animal rescue officer checked in yesterday (Tuesday, January 4th) and we were delighted to hear that the cat was safe and unharmed from the tree.”