Dispute Brews Over Hemingway's Six-Toed Cats|Richard_F|richard@cfz.org.uk|08/24/06 at 17:04:50|richard_f|xx|0||Dispute Brews Over Hemingway's Six-Toed Cats
POSTED: 11:16 am EDT July 29, 2006
UPDATED: 12:21 pm EDT July 29, 2006
MIAMI -- Caretakers at Ernest Hemingway's home are in a real cat fight with the Department of Agriculture and have asked a federal judge to jump into the fray.
In 1935, someone gave the novelist a six-toed cat. Now, more than 50 of its descendants wander the grounds.
The Agriculture Department claims the home is a "exhibitor" of the cats and needs an animal welfare license. But officials have repeatedly denied the license, saying the cats should be caged and that a higher fence needs to be built around the property.
Some of the cats are as old as 19, and caretakers say caging them would traumatize them. They also say the home's designation as a National Historic Site prohibits extending the height of the fence.
Hemingway lived in the home for more than 10 years and wrote "A Farewell to Arms" and "To Have and Have Not" while he was there||