Family gets final warning for not paying licensing fee for dead cat

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by NATASHA RYAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 28, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Updated Saturday, May 28 at 5:20 PM

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Dan Eisenman loved his cat, Lucy. He and his wife don't have children, so she was it. When she died last July it was devastating.

They want to move on, but say the Federal Way Police Department is making it more difficult.

Dan says he received a notice of delinquency last year after Lucy's death. It was from the Federal Way Police Department, advising him he needed to license his pet. 

He says he called the department twice to let them know she died. Yet, just recently he received another letter. "Final Warning Notice" is at the top of it. The letter saying his home could be searched and if evidence of a pet is found he would face a $100 fine.

"When somebody rubs salt in the wound by enforcing licensing for your deceased pet, it's not something you want to go through every single day," said Eisenman.

Eisenman says he understands the need for licensing but the department needs to keep better records and be more understanding about their loss.

"You never completely put a pet of 15 years or anyone you care about behind you,” he said.

The commander in charge of this is out of town for the weekend, so we were unable to get a response. A spokesperson said they hope this is an isolated incident.

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