Lewis Has Been Saved!
One of the most beautiful creatures in the World, Lewis, has been spared! A judge ordered that he will not be put to death, but must remain in his Connecticut home at all times. Lewis was on trial for assaulting several of his neighbors with his formiddable claws.
There are no exceptions. None," said Judge Patrick Carroll, who also granted accelerated rehabilitation to Lewis' owner, Ruth Cisero. That means her record will be expunged if she successfully completes two years of probation.
Cisero had faced a charge of reckless endangerment because neighbors complained that the cat's long claws and stealth have allowed it to attack at least a half-dozen people and ambush the Avon lady as she was getting out of her car.
Cisero had fought to keep Lewis alive and in Connecticut. She rejected a previous offer of accelerated rehabilitation if she agreed to euthanize Lewis.
Carroll said Lewis cannot leave the house, even if he gets out accidentally. He said the case is not about a cat, but about people having the right to live in safety in their neighborhoods.
The case drew national attention. Lewis has appeared in People magazine and his own page on the social networking site MySpace.com.
But Cisero said Tuesday she would prefer to have never had the attention.
"I never thought it would come to this," she said. "It's been an absolute nightmare. It's ruined my life."
Long live Lewis! God has heard my prayers and gave Lewis a second chance! Soon those pesky neighbors will learn not to screw with this pussy! He's going to get his revenge on them and it ain't going to be purty! I was seriously ready to rescue Lewis from the electric chair if it came down to that.
[SF Gate] [Thx to all who sent this to me]