I’m in strong favor of bookstore cats and library cats, but apparently not everybody is. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the library cat of small town White Settlement, Texas may become a victim of political squabbling sparked by someone getting upset they couldn’t have their puppy at City Hall.

Local paper The Grizzly Detail reports that the City Council meeting at which the vote was called was full of local residents who were there to express their support for Browser the library cat, who’s been a fixture at the White Settlement library for five years. There was also a petition signed by 618 people in support of the cat. Mayor Ron White came out against the City Council decision:

“That cat doesn’t have anything to do with whether somebody can have their puppy at City Hall. That cat doesn’t hurt anybody. … The council just went out and did this on their own because they don’t like cats.”

All in all, it seems like a fairly silly issue for a City Council to bother with, not to mention a potential re-election issue come November. People do love their pets, after all—and the bookstore or library cat is a fine old fixture.

(Found via The Verge.)