Hatfield woman fights to be able to keep her kittens

PUBLISHED: 11:24 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:24 01 November 2017

Aimee Williams (left) and Lee Hughes (right) with the kittens which her housing association are trying to make her get rid of. Picture: Danny Loo

Aimee Williams (left) and Lee Hughes (right) with the kittens which her housing association are trying to make her get rid of. Picture: Danny Loo

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A Hatfield woman who suffers with her mental health has received nearly 30,000 signatures on a petition to allow pets in council properties after she was told to get rid of her kittens.

Aimee Williams (left) and Lee Hughes (right) with the kittens which her housing association are trying to make her get rid of. Picture: Danny LooAimee Williams (left) and Lee Hughes (right) with the kittens which her housing association are trying to make her get rid of. Picture: Danny Loo

Aimee Williams, 21, of Goldings House, started the petition after her housing officer informed her that she had 14 days to get rid of her kittens or her tenancy could be at risk.

In the former Stanborough School pupil’s tenancy it states that she is not allowed pets in her studio flat given by the council and managed by Paradigm Housing.

Aimee, who suffers from borderline personality disorder, anxiety and a mild learning disability said: “It all started when myself and my partner Lee were looking after a kitten for the day.

“We bumped into a woman who told us she was our housing officer, and she said we could keep the kitten which is now called Leo.

Aimee William's kittens which her housing association are trying to make her get rid of. Picture: Danny LooAimee William's kittens which her housing association are trying to make her get rid of. Picture: Danny Loo

“We were over the moon but it turns out she was pretending to be someone she wasn’t and lied to us.”

Before the couple discovered that it was an imposter and not someone from Paradigm Housing they went out and got another kitten.

Aimee said: “I got the call from the real housing officer telling me that I had to get rid of my kitten while Lee was on her way home with the second kitten.

“I’m literally heartbroken. The things these animals have done for me is out of this world.

One of Aimee William's kittens which her housing association are trying to make her get rid of. Picture: Danny LooOne of Aimee William's kittens which her housing association are trying to make her get rid of. Picture: Danny Loo

“They’re the reason I have a purpose in my everyday life, why I get out of bed in the morning and go to work.

“My kittens are my family and have given me a purpose. Knowing I am not allowed to keep them is literally so unfair.”

Lee Huges said: “The kittens have done a world of good for Aimee. Before this call she was the happiest I’ve ever seen her.

“She even started looking for a job and wanted to get out there in the world but now she is going backwards again.

Aimee William's kittens which her housing association are trying to make her get rid of. Picture: Danny LooAimee William's kittens which her housing association are trying to make her get rid of. Picture: Danny Loo

“We are both thrilled with the response from the petition and hope that it will allow us to keep our kittens.”

A Paradigm Housing Group spokeswoman said: “Whilst we are sympathetic to her situation, Ms Williams was very clearly advised at the start of her tenancy that pets were not allowed within the property. She did not have any pets at that time.

“We have a ‘no pet’ policy in place at Goldings House as it is a large block of flats that we feel is unsuitable for keeping animals.

“This type of policy is normal in this type of accommodation.

Aimee William's kittens which her housing association are trying to make her get rid of. Picture: Danny LooAimee William's kittens which her housing association are trying to make her get rid of. Picture: Danny Loo

“Historically we have had issues with anti-social behaviour associated with pets and we are not in a position to ensure pets are appropriately house trained or kept so that they are not a nuisance to other residents.

“We apply this policy consistently for all new residents so that they understand what to expect, and we will not make exceptions. “However, we have agreed an extension on the 14 day notice, to allow her more time to find a suitable alternative home for the kittens.”

To sign the petition visit https://www.thepetitionsite.com

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