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Man will drop complaint on library cat if conditions are met

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

A man who lobbed a complaint against a cat that has lived in the Swansea Public Library for years says he will remove the complaint if the library meets several conditions.

Patrick Higgins filed a complaint with the Town of Swansea claiming the library is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by having the cat because people may be allergic.

The 14-year-old cat Penny is one of decades of cat that have inhabitant the library.

Higgins said he will drop the complaint due to the public outcry, if and only if, the library meets the following conditions:

  1. ALLERGY WARNING SIGNS ARE POSTED AT ALL ENTRANCES WARNING PEOPLE WHO COME INTO THE LIBRARY OF THE PRESCENSE OF THE CAT.  This sign can be as simple as "protected by Penny, Our house cat"
  2. The Swansea Board of Health issue a permit to the Library allowing the cat to remain at the library and certify that in the opinion of the Board of Health, there are no health issues with her living at the library and that the continued presence of the litter box is not a health hazard to anyone who is using or working at the Swansea Public Library.
  3. When Penny dies, she is NOT replaced by another cat.
  4. The Fence blocking the wheelchair entrance to the gazebo in back of the library is removed forthwith.

The library says they will issue a formal response to Higgin's requests after the Board of Trustees meets next week.

The director of the library Cynthia St. Amour said that Higgin's fourth request has already been corrected noting the fence was temporary. St. Amour says Higgin's has only actually sent an email and has not filed a formal complaint.

"This situation has given the library more attention than it could have gotten otherwise, so I guess that's the silver lining," said St. Amour.

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