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Ipswich leaders won’t let pet bobcat live in man’s home

November 23, 2018

IPSWICH, S.D. (AP) — City officials in Ipswich have denied a new resident’s request to allow his pet bobcat to live in his home.

Brian Palmer and his daughter recently moved from Washington state. Palmer wanted to bring his longtime pet, Pumpkin, a bobcat he rescued when the now-13-year-old animal was 2 weeks old.

Palmer’s residence is near a school and a playground. The American News reports that City Council members debated whether the cat would be a danger to the public and if granting Palmer’s request would set an unwanted precedent. The council ultimately rejected the request.

Palmer has set up alternative accommodations for the big cat with someone in Washington.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com

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