Fort Pierre City Council Votes to Settle Cat Odor Lawsuit
FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Fort Pierre City Council has voted to settle a lawsuit against a resident over long-lived odor complaints from cats living at his former home.
The Capital Journal reports that the council voted to approve the settlement about a week before trial in the lawsuit against Fort Pierre resident Jackie Hoftiezer.
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson says neighbors have complained about the cat smell on the property for two years or more.
Hoftiezer moved out of the home in the past several years, and he is selling the property. He says he lives elsewhere in Fort Pierre.
The city would receive $7,500 under the settlement for the costs of cleanup that would be due once the property is sold.
Hoftiezer says the cats came "from other people."
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