May 29, 2012
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Television cop shows have documented the heart-touching scene for years: A wayward kitten finds itself up a tree and out on a limb with no way home. In the dramatic scenario, our hero in firefighter garb grabs the kitten and carries it down to safety, usually reuniting it with a grateful owner. So when Rick Finkler, owner of the Cabins on Strawberry Hill, found his beloved cat Salsa stranded 40 feet up a ponderosa pine tree Monday night, he did what he thought anyone would do. He called the closest place with the longest ladder — the fire department.