Couple files lawsuit to bring dozen cats into remodeled home


BILTMORE FOREST, N.C. (AP) — A Buncombe County couple is going to court to get permission to keep the 12 cats they refer to as their “tribe” in their refurbished home.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports () Debra and Harry Stonecipher haven’t moved into the 6,700 square foot house they recently renovated, and won’t until Baby, Dante, Duchess and the nine other indoor cats can come with them.

A Biltmore Forest pet ordinance limits animals to three. In April, the Stoneciphers asked to have the ordinance waived, but in a unanimous vote, the three commissioners rejected the request without discussion, prompting the couple to file a lawsuit against in May.

The couple said they considered selling the house if their cats are barred, but opted to take legal action after receiving support from community members.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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