Woman with disabled cat in Brevard County cited for leash law violation

MELBOURNE, Fla. - Pooh Bear's front legs work fine. But his back legs don't work at all.

His owner, Yvonne Steele, has replaced them with wheels. She calls this little device a wheelchair; she got it on e-Bay.

And she takes him for a walk every day in a grassy area next to Wells Park on Fee Avenue.

"He needs the exercise for the back legs," she said.

But Brevard County Animal Services issued her 230-dollars in citations for failing to have Pooh Bear, and his friend Mackenzie, a Chihuahua, on a leash - and for a rabies shot violation.

"She had been warned not to do that. Basically we have someone who is not getting the fact that you have to be control of your animal off your property, said Bob Brown, with Brevard County Animal Services.

Steele said, "That was my first knowledge that cats could not be allowed off the leash.  I wouldn't even know where to put the leash to be quite honest."

Animal Services says there are no exceptions to the leash law, even for disabled animals.

"Your animal could be injured, it could be hurt, it could run out in the street, it could be attacked by another animal. It's just the law we have to follow," Brown said.

Steele said, "There's so much crime here.  They should have been going after pedophiles or people with knives."

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