Cat lovers rejoice

Richard King issues apology

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Last updated 16:43 02/04/2014
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Invercargill City Council chief executive Richard King

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LATEST: The city's top cat is now meowing like a kitten as he today issued a public apology to feline lovers in the south. 

Invercargill City Council chief executive Richard King has apologised for the catty comments he made last month which he said were misleading and misunderstood by the public.

He had pounced on the issue of neighbours being fed up with a city woman who has 37 cats. He suggested the neighbours get rid of some of the cats by trapping them in council-provided traps and disposing of them.

"We don't make inquiries about what has happened, as long as it is returned," King said at the time.

Today he said:''I certainly apologise for any misleading comments made, certainly in relation to no questions being asked which made the impression people could do what they like with them.''

The apology comes a day after the council was presented with a 19,000 strong petition calling for a public retraction of his comments.

Petition organiser Paula Jones said she was pleased with the apology and despite questioning how genuine it was, said she would take King at face value.

 

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