An Alaskan cat is being evicted from the general store where he’s lived for the past seven years.
Stormy is a lazy, somewhat overweight, black cat. He’s a lot like most other cats in that he spends his days lounging around on the furniture catching some warm sunbeams or just napping the day away.
However, Stormy’s lazy days as a store cat are numbered. He’s being evicted by state health officials who say he’s violating the state’s health code.
You see, Stormy lives at Fritz Creek General Store, just outside of Homer, Alaska. The general store sells foodstuffs that aren’t necessarily in a can or a plastic bag, and state law prohibits pets in facilities where food is served, with the exception of service animals and police dogs.
According to Homer News, Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation Food Safety and Sanitation Program received a complaint from someone who’d been inside Fritz Creek Store and spotted Stormy doing his cat thing. This led to the agency sending out an officer who also spotted Stormy and made a note of it in some official notebook.
Jeremy Ayers, section manager for the program, told Homer News that the agency isn’t normally too concerned with enforcing the pet ban, but the combination of a complaint and an officer’s official observation has forced their hand. That means Stormy has got to go.
Local residents are up in arms over the eviction, saying that Stormy is a fixture of the store and that some even travel specifically to see the cat, not to buy anything in particular. Others argue that Stormy even improves the General Store’s sanitation as he keeps the rodent population down to a dull roar.
This, unfortunately, did not dissuade the Food Safety and Sanitation Program, who insisted the Stormy had to leave.
Thankfully, Stormy won’t be tossed out into the street like a common stray. He’ll be taken in by the store owner’s sister following the eviction, where we’re sure he’ll mostly go back to sleeping on furniture and demanding scritches.
(via Associated Press)