Week in Review : MAJOR EVENTS, IMAGES AND PEOPLE IN ORANGE COUNTY NEWS : CITIES : Man’s Fancy for Felines Has Neighbors Snarling
It started with three starving cats who wandered into the neighborhood, says Michael Fedoruk of Santa Ana.
It wasn’t that he like cats so much, Fedoruk said. “The thing that got me started was seeing those starved cats. When you pick up one of these cats and they weigh about a pound, you can’t help but feel sorry for them.”
But some of Fedoruk’s neighbors can. The problem is that “The Cat Man of Santa Ana” now has 35 cats, and John Kish, who lives two doors away, says he has about had it. Kish has collected signatures of about 100 neighbors asking the City Council to pass a law limiting the number of cats per house to two or three.
Kish says the feline population at Fedoruk’s house frequently exceeds 50, and he can smell the odor when he turns onto the tree-lined street.
Fedoruk says he doesn’t smell it. “I got the flu in 1975, and lost my sense of smell,” he said.
Kish said he has called police and demanded that they arrest Fedoruk. Fedoruk called and demanded that Kish be arrested for reportedly injuring one of his cats by trapping it.
On Monday, Kish plans to take the feud to the City Council.