A 79 year old grandmother, known locally as the Cat Lady because of her habit of taking in thousands of homeless cats over the years, has climbed a giant Oak tree in her front yard and has refused to come down.
Neighbors say that Mrs. Gloria Fellini scaled the tree Saturday night and said she would stay in the tree until the city changed it attitude towards pet ordinances.
The exact nature of her battle with the city's pet ordinances is not known at this time. However, police say that the Humane Society had been to her home numerous times to rescue cats for various reasons.
Mrs Fellini disputes that her cats were ever mistreated or went hungry and said that she climbed the tree to protest the way the city has treated her in the past.
Sunday, when Mrs Fellini refused police orders to come down from the tree, the Fire Department was summoned. However, as firemen approached, the feisty grandmother appeared frighten and would scamper up to a higher limb, staying out of reach of rescue personnel.
Fire Department personnel finally gave up on talking Mrs Fellini down from the tree. Despite pleas from her neighbors, officials decided to call in animal control officers who used a dart gun to tranquilized Mrs. Fellini as sundown approached.
Hospital personnel say Mrs Fellini is recovering nicely from her fall and should be out of the hospital soon.