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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Lewis the cat lives!

Bringing you the continuing saga of alleged serial-scratcher Lewis The Cat (see previous posts here and here), this blog is pleased to report there's been been a final resolution in the case; a Connecticut judge spared his life on Tuesday, but ordered that the Tuxedo Terrorist must remain indoors permanently.

"There are no exceptions. None," said Judge Patrick Carroll, who also granted accelerated rehabilitation to Lewis' owner, Ruth Cisero of Fairfield, Connecticut.

That means her record will be cleared if she successfully completes two years of probation. Previously, Cisero had rejected a similar offer because it also stupulated that she agree to have Lewis euthanized. Tuesday's settlement carries no such condition, but Lewis cannot leave the house, even accidentally. Judge Carroll said the case is not about a cat, but about people having the right to live in safety in their neighborhoods.

Cisero had faced a charge of reckless endangerment. Neighbors complained that the cat's long claws (Lewis is polydactyl, with six on each paw) and stealth allowed him to ambush several people, including an Avon cosmetics lady on her neighborhood rounds. Personally, I think Lewis should be commended for this.

The court proceedings were reported by several major news outlets, including CNN and ABC. (More updates here and here.) "Lewie," as Cisero calls him, has become an international cause célèbre; in addition to his MySpace page and Wikipedia entry, a large photograph of the long-haired feline ran in People magazine last week with the headline "Dead Cat Walking."

But Cisero said she would prefer to have never had the attention. "I never thought it would come to this. It's been an absolute nightmare," she said. "I haven't slept well in months, and now tonight I can finally get a good night's sleep."

Ruth Cisero & Lewis


  • At 6/21/2006 11:32:00 AM, Blogger Janelle said…

    I think it's crazy how much attention Lewis got. I totally agree with your though to commendation. I could use a cat like that to keep the Jehova Witnesses from knocking at my door. (no offense to the Jehova's but if I wanted to be a part of your religion I would come to your church, you don't have to come to my door.)


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