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Offbeat: cat does not pass: controversy in Dubrovnik on the fate of a feline of the streets

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Le chat Anastasia devant le Palais du recteur à Dubrovnik, en Croatie, le 30 mars 2022 © Maris Sisevic The cat Anastasia in front of the Palace of the Rector in Dubrovnik, Croatia, March 30, 2022

Dubrovnik, Pearl of the Adriatic In Croatia, tear around Anastasia's fate, a 17-year-old street pussy recently evicted from one of the most beautiful palaces in the medieval town.

The tricolor feline appreciated by the many tourists who visit the old ragus had chosen to spend his time under the arches of the Palace of the Rector, an architectural marvel of the 14th century.

She settled first into a cardboard, then in a wooden niche made at the end of March by Srdjan Kera, a dwelle in Dubrovnik, in the same mid-gothic style, half-renaissance as the palace with a cushion Red velvet and struck with a plate on behalf of the feline, "Anastasia".

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Le chat Anastasia dans sa loge devant le Palais du recteur à Dubrovnik, en Croatie, le 30 mars 2022 © Maris Sisevic The Anastasia cat in his box in front of the Palace of the Rector in Dubrovnik, Croatia, March 30, 2022

But the direction of the museums of Dubrovnik, who sits in the palace, did not appreciate and required the 'Removal of the niche shortly after, to the chagrin of animal defenders.

Person is allowed to carry out "the unique and historical set" that Dubrovnik, "in particular by building shelters or habitats," she said in a statement.

The decision arouses inflamed debates in the locality of 44,000 inhabitants. On social networks, the calls to protect the animal that had already been expelled last year of a wealth of fortune, multiply.

"Anastasia needs his house! Apparently, the cultural institutions are managed by people without culture," said a user on Facebook.

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In an online survey organized by a local newspaper, 90% of the 4,500 participants felt that the niche had to remain under the arches of the palace. "It's his house. It's a single cat, there is 70", exclaims Srdjan Kera.

But the mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic flew to the rescue of museums, belonging that the city fell full of stray cats and could proudly pride themselves that they are all "well fed", not "Maigrichons". "This shows how this city coexists with animals. Why should we now house them?".

In the meantime, the pussy has his own Facebook page, "Kneginja Anastazija" (Princess Anastasia) and an online petition claiming the return of his house had collected nearly 12,000 signatures on Saturday.

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