To Anna Esposito, her beloved cat Tabby Sal is like a member of the family. He’s so much a part of the Esposito clan that she listed him on the Census under pets. However, because she listed him on the Census, he might get in a lot of trouble. Tabby Sal the cat has been requested to report for jury duty on March 23 by the Suffolk Superior Crown Court in Boston, Massachusetts. That’s right, not even cats can avoid jury duty!
“When they ask him guilty or not guilty? What’s he supposed to say – miaow?” asked a bewildered Esposito. “Sal is a member of the family so I listed him on the last Census form under pets but there has clearly been a mix-up.”
Tabby Sal was ordered to appear for jury duty despite the fact that Ms. Esposito sent along a letter explaining the mistake to the jury commissioner and included a letter from her vet confirming that Tabby Sal is “a domestic short-haired neutered feline.” If being a cat won’t get you out of jury duty, I guess nothing will short of being friends with a cannibal.
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