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You can’t kick ‘me-out!’ US couple file lawsuit to return dozen cats home

A couple in the US are going to court to get permission to keep the 12 cats they refer to as their "tribe" in their refurbished home

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A couple in the US are going to court to get permission to keep the 12 cats they refer to as their "tribe" in their refurbished home.

Debra and Harry Stonecipher haven't moved into the 6,700 square foot house they recently renovated, and won't until Baby, Dante, Duchess and the nine other indoor cats can come with them, local daily Asheville Citizen-Times reported.

A Biltmore Forest pet ordinance limits animals to three. In April, the Stoneciphers asked to have the ordinance waived, but in a unanimous vote, the three commissioners rejected the request without discussion, prompting the couple to file a lawsuit against in May.

The couple said they considered selling the house if their cats are barred, but opted to take legal action after receiving support from community members.