Immigrant Allowed To Stay Because Of Pet Cat

An immigrant who was about to be deported from Britain has won a legal battle to remain in the country – partly because he and his girlfriend had bought a pet cat.

The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal ruled that sending the Bolivian man back to his homeland would breach his human rights because he was entitled to a “private and family life”, and joint ownership of a pet was evidence that he was fully settled in this country. Lawyers for the Home Secretary were aghast at the decision by James Devittie, an immigration judge, to allow the immigrant to stay in Britain. They lodged an appeal, but their case was again rejected.

The Bolivian’s identity has not been disclosed and even the name of the pet cat was blanked out in official court papers to protect its privacy. Delivering her decision on the case, which is thought to have cost the taxpayer several thousand pounds, Judith Gleeson, a senior immigration judge, joked in the official written ruling that the cat “need no longer fear having to adapt to Bolivian mice”.


A Shoe Your Dog Is Allowed to Chew – And Helps Veterans Too!

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Online store FetchDog has teamed up with military footwear maker Vibram to create the DogTags Chewy Shoe, a toy that is irresistible to dogs and helps raise funds for service dogs that help our veterans. My neighbor’s dog Rosie was instantly interested in the red, white and blue Vibram sole laced with a rope pull. It’s built tough with non-toxic rubber.

For every $16 toy sold, Vibram and Fetchdog will contribute $1 to Puppies Behind Bars’ Dog Tags, an organization that trains prison inmates to train service dogs. They hope to raise enough money from the product for 20 new service dogs. The Dog Tags program, established in 2006, specifically targets service members who need to get around, take medication or feel more secure. If you aid in their effort by buying the toy, you’ll be in good company: Glenn Close supports the group. It’s a great cause, since many of our veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan could use the help of a service dog to cope with physical and mental war injuries.