SUSSEX, UK – A seven-year-old girl whose mother died in a house fire awhile back has been told she can keep her pet cat after it was given a reprieve by a housing association.
Kaitlin and Jack moved in to her aunt’s apartment after the fire in 2013 but Jack faced eviction following complaints he was urinating in hallways in the block.
Hyde Housing Association has now said the kitty can stay at the West Sussex flats after 3,695 people signed a petition.
Kaitlin’s aunt Karine Charrett said they were simply over the moon with this decision.
Jack was found just three days after the fire by neighbors and Kaitlin said he stopped her from feeling lonely.
“When I am upset Jack is always there for me – he always cuddles me and I cuddle him.”
Ms Charrett, who disputed claims Jack fouled up the building, said a meeting with on Wednesday with representatives from Hyde Housing was very straightforward.
“They kept it very simple,” she stated. “I do believe it was so straightforward because of all the support that we had.
“They gave me a form to fill in and said he could stay.
“You basically have to tell them all about Jack every detail and take responsibility for the fact that he doesn’t do anything he was accused of.
“They came and actually met him and agreed that he is a lovely cat.”
The housing association said that it had agreed on a way forward which was fair to all its residents.
It said the pet permission form ensured tenants followed the responsible owner guidelines, which includes cleaning up any mess promptly.