Cat in tree leads to Reno water rescue call

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A cat is still on the loose after a water rescue Tuesday afternoon.

The Reno Fire Department responded about 1PM January 23, 2018 to the report of a person in the Truckee River, trying to remove a cat from a tree, on an island in the middle of the river.

Three engines, one truck, one squad, one battalion chief, one safety officer and additional personnel from the Department’s Water Entry Team (WET) were dispatched to a section of the river behind the Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Clinic. The person had already gotten out of the north side of the river and walked over to an ambulance to be evaluated. No injuries were reported.

Witnesses said that as the would-be rescuer got close to the cat, it jumped from the tree and landed in the river. They watched it climb out of the water, back to the island. The cat appeared safe and unhurt, according to witnesses.

Firefighters say the same cat gained interest the day before, as well, as concerned citizens made several calls to the Dispatch Center. Reno Fire and Washoe County Animal Control had been monitoring its welfare from the previous day and had a plan to set a safe and humane live trap on the island with the hopes of securing it.

After the water rescue, Reno Fire Department WET members acquired a safe and humane live trap from Animal Control and went to the island. They looked around, but couldn't see the cat. The trap was set up in a place where Animal Control can monitor it from the shoreline.