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A little cat causes a big flap in Phoenix

December 30, 2008 |  4:04 pm

A Phoenix cat named Brutis got himself into some major trouble when he ran up the wrong tree.

The tree in question belonged to a Phoenix police officer who refused to let Brutis' owner onto his property to remove him, citing liability concerns (and causing outrage in the neighborhood). 

Phoenix's KNXV-TV reports that the cat was rescued this morning, after nine days in the tree, by six police officers with a ladder. His owner, Michael, told the station that Brutis was tired and scared and had lost weight but was otherwise none the worse for wear, and added:

"He wasn't allowed out in the first place ... specifically for this kind of reason," Michael said. "And I don't ever want him to get out again. I'd like to think he learned his lesson, but he's probably not that smart. He couldn't figure out how to get out the tree."

-- Lindsay Barnett

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