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Flabby tabby is beloved hotel cat
WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. — Guests at a hotel in New Hampshire can be forgiven for thinking a raccoon is lounging out front.
The huge ball of fur on the sidewalk of the Best Western Silver Fox Inn at the Waterville Valley Resort is actually a fat cat. A really fat cat.
The 8-year-old tabby is named Logan and weighs 31 pounds — nearly three times the size of a normal cat. Often found wandering through the hotel or stretched out on the sidewalk, Logan has become a huge hit with visitors and is an internet sensation. Guests have posted photos of Logan sitting in a chair, and a Facebook video that’s been viewed 29 million times shows him waddling through the parking lot.
Susan and Tor Brunvand adopted Logan from a shelter six years ago. Logan arrived as a normal sized cat but soon was gobbling up food from the bowls of the couple’s two other cats and finding a way to sneak into the stash of food. Logan slowly put on weight.
Susan Brunvand said she once had a 20-pound cat, but that cat was big because it was part Maine Coon.
The couple took Logan to a vet and had his blood tested. Nothing was found. He even had stretches — once after a fight with a feral cat — where he barely ate for several weeks. Still, nothing reduced the size of the obese feline.
“We’ve tried everything,” she said, attributing his girth to a slow metabolism.
Reaction to the cat has been a mix of amazement and concern about its health. After the video was posted, Brunvand said she got a call from someone wanting to bring her up on animal abuse charges for allowing the cat to get so big.
“I just wonder why a person would have a pet and let it get that heavy,” said Janet Lynn, a hotel guest from Manchester, N.H.
Brunvand insists there is little she can do — or should do — to help the cat she calls her “little chubby boy, my little bear” shed the weight.
She laughed at the suggestion of putting Logan on a treadmill. Rather, she lets Logan act like her two other cats, spending the day outdoors.
“He is one of the happiest, easiest cats I’ve ever had,” she said. “He doesn’t think he’s fat.”
‘Sorry I Tased You’ cake doesn’t cut it for Florida woman
PENSACOLA, Fla. — A Florida’s woman’s lawsuit says a deputy shot her with a stun gun, then apologized with a cake that said, “Sorry I Tased You” in blue frosting.
The cake didn’t cut it for Stephanie Byron. She sued former Escambia County sheriff’s deputy Michael Wohlers in May.
On Monday, the county’s Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission announced it had reviewed the case and placed Wohlers on a one-year probationary period from serving at any law enforcement agency in Florida.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Pensacola, alleges Wohlers violated Byron’s civil rights, committed battery against her and caused her hardships, including physical injuries, monetary loss, medical expenses, humiliation and mental anguish.
Wohlers’ attorney wouldn’t comment Thursday but denied the allegations in a court document.
The incident happened in June 2015 when Wohlers stopped by an apartment complex where Byron was working.
According to court documents, Wohlers was in his full uniform and “used his apparent law enforcement authority to intimidate, harass, and threaten” Byron about her personal life. The lawsuit says Wohlers took Byron’s tea, and when she went to retrieve it he fired his stun gun at her. She said she was knocked to the floor and the court document says Wohlers “jumped onto Ms. Byron, kneeing her in the chest.” He then removed the stun gun prods from her body and left.
The lawsuit also says Wohlers told his employer that he accidentally discharged his device into a pillow at his house.
Sometime after that, Wohlers baked Byron a cake. Byron’s attorney entered a photo of the cake as an exhibit into the court file.
“The cake Wohlers baked provides his version of the encounter and clearly shows a person Wohlers firing the Taser at Ms. Byron. It also reads “Sorry I Tased You,” the complaint reads. The cake depicts two stick figures in frosting, with one aiming something with black wires at the other.
Wohlers resigned from the sheriff’s office in July 2015.
Wohlers’ attorney denied the allegations in a written response to the complaint. The response also said Wohlers is protected by “qualified immunity” — rights that can shield government officials from civil liability lawsuits if the official did not knowingly violate a citizen’s rights while performing their duties.
Byron is seeking compensatory damages, costs, expenses and reasonable attorney’s fees.