A condominium association in Florida is suing a 78-year-old woman for feeding a stray cat.

Joan P. in a lawsuit filed earlier this month in Tampa. Hussey was accused of breaking the rules by attracting and feeding “stray cats / animals” in and around the common areas of the Tampa Racquet Club condominium. informed of.

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The lawsuit does not specify the number of cats or other animals Hussey is accused of feeding.

The lawsuit states, “The continued presence of stray cats can induce unwanted health issues to those nearby neighbors and / or tenants and cause undue harm to the general elements of the association.”

Hussey told the newspaper that she only feeds a black-white cat that she fixed years ago and calls Cleo.

She She said that she keeps a bowl of dry cat food under her car in her covered parking, Cleo picks up the bowl after she eats.

“I was very surprised” ter Hussey said. “I’ve had cats all my life, and I do it respectfully.”

A condominium association in Florida is suing a 78-year-old woman for feeding a stray cat.  (Getty Images / iStockphoto)

A condominium association in Florida is suing a 78-year-old woman for feeding a stray cat. (Getty Images / iStockphoto)

However, the condo association argues that Hussey has continued to feed her, despite her numerous requests to stay. The Times reported that the lawsuit was not the first legal action against him.

The newspaper reported that last year, the condo association took its case to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations for arbitration, which is the necessary procedure before such a condo dispute goes to court.

Hussey never responded to the petition for arbitration. She She later said that she did not understand all of the “attorney’s jargon” in the papers she had received.

He was issued an order to stop feeding the cats on the property.

The association wants a judge to issue an injunction asking it to stop, and has requested appropriate attorneys’ fees and costs.

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Circuit Judge Emily Peacock has been assigned the case but a hearing date has not been set.

Association’s attorney Stanford Rowe issued a statement saying the board’s position is that Hussey must follow the arbitrator’s order.

“I go to bed at night, and I can’t sleep,” Hussey told the newspaper.