As a general rule, Jeff Thomas doesn't rescue cats from trees. But on Tuesday, he could hear the urgency in the dispatcher's voice.
Normally cats come down on their own Thomas, a battalion chief for Salt Lake City Fire Department, said he's never seen a feline skeleton in a tree and he lets them do that on their own time rather than tie up SLCFD resources. But in this case, the cat had more pressing matters on her mind than getting down, Thomas said.
"It was a mama kitty in trouble," he said. After being stuck for a week in a tree at 1351 E. Harrison Ave., the feral cat was giving birth.