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VIDEO: Arborist Climbs Tree to Save Trapped Kitten

Arborist and tree climbing cat rescuer Rob Gillies came to the aid of resident Heather Polyi whose kitten was trapped high in a tree.

Resident and avoided a cat-astrophe Wednesday thanks to a brave arborist who moonlights as a cat rescuer.

Polyi's six-month-old house kitten, Frisky, ran outside Wednesday and, in the midst of chasing something, dashed up to the top of an enormous tree in her back yard.

Frisky, who had just been neutered and still had open internal sutures, was unable to descend the trees branches and remained trapped in the tree overnight during a rainstorm, despite Polyi's best efforts to coax her down.

Polyi tried reaching out to the , and , but none were able to help her. 

Desperate, she reached out to Leslee Dimond, the founder and president of Here Kitty Kitty, a non-profit animal rescue and adoption organization based in Paterson.

Dimond came to Polyi's house to offer support and they began discussing options for getting Frisky down from the tree before it was too late. Through Dimond, Polyi learned of the cat-rescuing prowess of Ridgefield arborist Rob Gillies.

Gillies, who advertises his services on the international cat-saving directory website, Cat in a Tree Emergency Rescue, arrived at Polyi's within 20 minutes.

He quickly assessed the situation, suited up with climbing gear and rope, and scaled the tree to save Frisky in under 15 minutes.

Upon reaching solid ground, Frisky was visibly frightened, but Polyi bundled her up and took her inside for a long-awaited meal. 

Gillies said that including Frisky, he's now saved about a dozen cats from trees -- most of them strays. The highest he's ever had to climb for a rescue was about 70 feet, he said.

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Bender May 04, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Good going Rob!
blazin101 May 04, 2012 at 12:10 PM
That's nice, but I've never seen a cat carcass in a tree
Stuart Pace May 04, 2012 at 12:57 PM
cute story
Kelly Zweig May 04, 2012 at 03:13 PM
That's awesome ! Way to go! and was that a Dickinson Tree tee shirt? ( That's my Uncle Mike! :))
Chunk May 05, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Did she try a laser pointer?

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