A cat who has made his home at a general store in Homer, Alaska has been evicted. Officials notified the store owners that their cat is violating the food safety standards since food is served in the store.
Stormy has lived at Fritz Creek General Store since 2012. He’s a slightly overweight black cat who spends his days lounging on wooden chairs and asking the customers for head scratches.
Jeremy Ayers, program section manager for the State Food Safety and Sanitation Program said his agency received a complaint. Since Stormy was in sight when Ayers arrived to investigate, the cat was evicted.
Store owners Sean Maryott and Diana Carbonell haven’t commented on Stormy’s predicament but Sean’s sister Bridgette says Stormy will live with her and her family.
Homer is a small town of under 6,000 residents. Residents often came in the store just to visit with Stormy and offer a head rub. Losing the store cat could hurt the business financially. Not to mention the store could become less sanitary because Stormy, being the resident cat, took care of any rodents who ventured inside.