Cat cruelty in the guise of love
The cats scurry under the bed when visitors
arrive. Most of them are the products of
inbreeding and have similar markings.
In a Tiny Queens Apartment, 70 Cats Gone, and 28 to Go
By COREY KILGANNON
Published: May 1, 2006
"Any evil intention against my cats and me, will come back to you, three times three."
Melanie Neer will be allowed to keep 2 of her 30 cats in her studio apartment in Queens. She once had 100.
Thus spoke the witch of Elmhurst last week, casting a protective spell over her coven of cats — 30 strong, but shrinking by the day — living in the rent-controlled studio apartment she shares with her mother on 80th Street in Queens.
The witch happens to be Melanie Neer, 50, a student of the principles of Wicca and Harry Potter.
The evil intention happens to be an eviction order from her landlord, who has long complained about the intense cat odor coming from the apartment.
Although it is against Wiccan principles to put a harmful spell upon others, Ms. Neer said as she took out a special candle used for "super-duper protection spells," one may cast a boomerang spell on a harmful person to so that the harm comes back to him.
But while she has managed to stave off eviction thus far, the witchcraft is not working wonders on the cat front.
The penultimate Crazy Cat Lady. Too bad they make a big deal out of her being "Wiccan" (I use quotes because no Wiccan I know would claim to be a 'student of Wicca and Harry Potter'). Most Wiccans I know would never subject cats to that kind of disgusting existence.
posted by Steve @ 4:20:00 PM