White Settlement City, Texas, might not be especially newsworthy on a day-to-day basis. But on June 28, 2016, the eminent powers that be voted to evict a squatter living in the White Settlement Public Library: a cat named Browser.
In a landmark 2-1 decision, the White Settlement City Council voted to evict Browser the Cat, a five-year resident of the library.
Councilman Elzie Clements, who led the attack on poor Browser, reminded angry townspeople that “city halls and businesses are no place for animals.” Meanwhile, Browser the Cat now has 30 days to find a new home.
Mayor Ron White (not to be confused with the comedian of the same name, though it would be fitting), isn’t thrilled about all this mess.
“We’ve had that cat five years, and there’s never been a question,” White told The Fort Worth Star Telegram. “That cat doesn’t hurt anybody … The council just went out and did this on their own because they don’t like cats.”
Happily, this story ends well for Browser: he’s not going anywhere. When White threatened to put the issue of Browser’s residence to public vote, the City Council succumbed. Finally, on July 8, a unanimous 3-0 council decision overturned Browser’s eviction.
From the look of things, Browser the Cat probably has no idea what a stir he caused.
Browser the Cat. Courtesy of White Settlement Public Library via Facebook.