The Associated Press reported late last week about a controversy brewing at Ernest Hemingway’s Key West home—the place is overrun with cats. “More than 50 descendants of a multi-toed cat the novelist received as a gift in 1935 wander the grounds of the home,” the dispatch tells us, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture believes that requires the caretakers to get a license. Facing potential daily fines of $200 a cat (more than $10,000), the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum has decided to take their case to federal court, where they hope to either legitimate their claim not to be under the jurisdiction of the Animal Welfare Act or find out exactly how many cats they’ll be allowed to keep in order to get a license. Should Florida literati who also happen to be cat lovers be on the lookout for new adoptees? Time and a U.S. District judge will tell…
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