Man Jailed For Owning More Than 1 Cat

Despite serving jail time, Canadian Sylvain Brunette has no plans to get rid of his cats.

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Sylvain Brunette owns six cats, but he is only allowed to own one under local law. Via Stéphane Brunette/CBC News
Stephanie Brown

A Canadian man is refusing to give up his senior cats even though he’s already served jail time for breaking a local law that states residents are only allowed to have one cat at a time.

Sylvain Brunette, 54, spent four days in a Quebec prison earlier this month after he refused to pay fines totaling more than $1,000 for owning too many cats, CBC News reports.

Brunette, who lives in Franklin, Quebec, owns six cats, reportedly neutered indoor cats who are all 16 years old. In Franklin, residents are allowed a maximum of one cat. According to CBC News, the law was adopted due to problems with stray animals.

Franklin is a small municipality south of Montreal near the Canadian-U.S. border. Via Google Maps

Franklin is a small municipality south of Montreal near the Canadian-U.S. border. Via Google Maps

Brunette says his senior cats are well cared for. He said his trouble started after he moved to Franklin, a municipality of about 1,700 people roughly an hour south of Montreal. At that time, he told a neighbor he had cats.

Over the last three years, Brunette, who is on social assistance, received three fines — totaling $1,208 — for having too many cats and for feeding stray cats. He went to jail on Nov. 6, 2016, but was released after his family posted his bail.

He says he still has no plans to get rid of his cats.

“I did all of this because I love my cats,” he told CBC News. “I don’t want to get rid of them.”

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