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Lewis

Birth name Lewis
Born March, 2001[citation needed] aged 37 (cat years)
Flag of the United States Fairfield, Connecticut, USA,
Occupation Pet (cat)

Lewis is the name of a cat from Fairfield, Connecticut who garnered mass media attention for being placed under house arrest in March 2006. At the time of his arrest Lewis was five years old, placing his birthdate between the years 2000 and 2001. Image File history File links Lewiscat. ... March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Fairfield is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ... Binomial name Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Felis lybica invalid junior synonym The cat (or domestic cat, house cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. ... Fairfield is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ... In justice and law, house arrest is the situation where a person is confined (by the authorities) to his or her residence. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...

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Background

Lewis is a polydactyl, domestic longhaired cat. Some of Fairfield's Sunset Circle residents, along with an Avon lady, have accused the cat of attacking them. Animal Control Officer Rachel Solveira placed a restraining order on Lewis. It was the first time such an action was taken against a cat in Fairfield. Lewis was ordered to be placed under house arrest, and his owner unsuccessfully tried medicating Lewis with Prozac. One of the polydactyl cats at the Ernest Hemingway House in Key West, Florida. ... A grey and white domestic longhaired cat A domestic longhaired cat is the proper name for any cat with medium or long fur, if it is not a pedigreed member of a recognised breed. ... Avon Products, Inc. ... An injunction is an equitable remedy in the form of a court order that either prohibits or compels (enjoins or restrains) a party from continuing a particular activity. ... Background Fluoxetine hydrochloride (brand names include Prozac®, Symbyax® (compounded with olanzapine), Sarafem®, Fontex® (Sweden), Fluctine (Austria, Germany), Prodep (India), Fludac (India)) is an antidepressant drug used medically in the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and many other disorders. ...

Lewis with his owner, Ruth Cisero.

Ruth Cisero, Lewis's owner, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment. Cisero appeared in Bridgeport Superior Court at the end of April 2006. Cisero could have agreed to probation on the condition that Lewis be euthanized. The special probation offer with conditions was made at the insistence of one woman that Lewis attacked on February 20. In a letter to prosecutors, she said she would only agree to probation for Cisero if the cat were put to death. Cisero has opted to go to trial instead to try and keep Lewis alive. Cisero appeared in court on May 23, 2006, on a second degree reckless endangerment charge. Image File history File links Ruthlewis. ... Image File history File links Ruthlewis. ... April 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Marcos Pontes, Brazils first astronaut, reaches the International Space Station. ... is the 143rd day of the year (144th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... May 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → May 1, 2006 (Monday) Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association outraged Vatican by planning to ordain another bishop, Liu Xinhong in Anhui Province. ...


Cisero stated that if the court ordered Lewis to be executed, she would move, as she would rather leave Fairfield than have her cat be killed. She also believes that Lewis may have been acting in self-defense, saying how "One day he came home covered in eggs because someone had egged him and another time a woman sprayed him with a hose. They have been tormenting this poor animal."


Outcome

A hearing was set for June 20, 2006 to determine whether Cisero could get special probation and have her cat's life spared. The outcome is that Lewis must remain inside his owner's home at all times, with no exceptions (the sole exception being when Lewis is taken to a vet, though he must remain in a cage while outside). Ruth Cisero, Lewis's owner, was granted accelerated rehabilitation. This means her record will be expunged if she successfully completes two years of probation. is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... June 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Extraordinary renditions. ...


A Utah animal sanctuary, Best Friends, offered to take the cat if he were to be executed, but Eugene Riccio, Cisero's attorney, said Lewis enjoys life in southern New England and wants to stay.

"Bad Kitty!"

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Media attention

The idea of a cat being placed under house arrest has garnered a lot of national as well as international media attention. Though Lewis's 'victims' are pushing to have the cat euthanized, they are also angry that most of their views are placed in a humorous light. Supporters of Lewis created a website on myspace.com. More than 500 T-shirts were sold to raise funds for a defense fund for Cisero.


Lewis in the news

  • Associated Press - Conn. crazy cat case heads to trial

Television

National

Lewis the cat.

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Local

  • NBC30 - Fairfield's Lewis The Cat Case Going To Trial (Connecticut)
  • WCBS - Lewis The Cat In Hot Water After Alleged Attacks (New York, Tri State Area)
  • WNBS - Owner Opts For Trial, Rather Than Death For Cat (New York, Tri State Area)
  • WCCC - Conn. Crazy Cat Case Heads to Trial (Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul)
  • WFSB - Lewis the Cat's Fate Pending (Connecticut)
  • WRAL - Conn. Crazy Cat Case Heads To Trial (North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham & Fayetteville)
  • WTNH - Cat case going to trial (Connecticut)

Radio

Internet

  • SFGate.com - Conn. Crazy Cat Case Heads to Trial (California, San Francisco)

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