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Mother, son fight to keep cat family together

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Dorothy Akins cried as she explained the devastation she feels at the thought of losing her cats. Dorothy Akins cried as she explained the devastation she feels at the thought of losing her cats.
OLIVE BRANCH, MS -

(WMC-TV) - A man and his mother are fighting to keep their family together now that the City of Olive Branch ordered them to get rid of some of their cats in order to comply with a city ordinance.

Olive Branch has an ordinance in place that only allows each home to have six cats. But the family asked to comply says they have had these cats before the animal ordinance went into effect and they are just now learning about it.

Sixteen years ago, the mother cat was adopted by Jimmy Akins and his 80-year-old mother. Shortly afterward, the cat had a litter of kittens. That is about the time the city passed the ordinance.

Akins was recently ticketed for having more than six cats after he says a family member complained to get revenge on him. His mother, who is blind and cannot leave the house, cannot stop crying at the idea of losing some of their pets or some of them being put to sleep if they cannot find new homes for them.

The two hoped the cats would be grand fathered in as they say the cats are older than the ordinance.

"They are just like our family, I told you," said Dorothy Akins. "Just like our kids. We've had them so long. They never get outside. They never bother anybody."

The Akins have a municipal court date set for February 6. That is when the judge will decide what will happen with the cats.

Dorothy continued, "I just wish somebody would pinch me and I'd wake up and it was a nightmare, but it's not. Because you can't wake up if you can't hardly sleep, you know."

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