86 Year Old Cat-napper Locked Up
At least she will be if cat “owner” has her way.
Kimberly Otey wants her 86 year old neighbourhood cat-napper locked up. She says that Fauniel Kliemt stole her cat and should pay.
Mrs Kliemt, on the other hand, pleads not guilty. She says that her neighbour brought over a stray cat that was an unwanted pest next door, and it stayed. So Mrs Kliemt had “Shatzie” spayed and given her shots.
For almost 12 months Shatzie slept on Mrs Kliemt’s bed at night, and wandered in out of the house freely during the day. The cat has been a great comfort to the recently widowed Mrs Kliemt.
Neighbourhood Otey family turned up out of the blue claiming the cat was theirs and tried pressing charges. The police refused to incarcerate the 86 year old on the grounds she showed up for a hearing.
The whole mess has been dragging on for the past 2 years and has already cost Kliemt $1500 on a lawyer.
This bizarre case begs the question: who owns a cat?
The feline breed is notorious for its lack of loyalty. If a cat chooses to leave home, probably at the torment of a young family, do we have the right to stop it? After all, this one could have returned home any day it chose.
If you feed a stray cat and allow it to stay in your home should you be liable to face criminal charges?
What do you think?