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OPPONENTS UNLEASH THEIR FURY AT PLAN TO ABRIDGE CATS’ LIBERTY

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Some kitty lovers are in a snit over a proposed city ordinance that would require leashes for all cats.

One, who says such a requirement would be "medieval," cursed the city attorney who presented the measure, wishing for his death.The ordinance moved closer to law Thursday night when the City Council gave preliminary approval.

Councilman Robert Scharnowske said cats should not be allowed to roam free.

"I do have a personal vendetta," he said. "Cats kill birds and rabbits. Cats should be no more immune than dogs."

Attorney Katherine Harvey, an animal rights activist, said the panel should not amend the leash ordinance.

Following the vote, Harvey approached assistant city attorney J.D. Gillespie, who had presented the ordinance.

"I hate you," she told him. After walking away, Harvey returned and addressed Gillespie again: "I hope you die."