Hatfield woman loses her kittens despite over 41,000 signatures on petition

PUBLISHED: 15:19 21 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:31 21 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

Danny Loo Photography 2017

A Hatfield woman who suffers with her mental health is having to rehome her kittens despite receiving over 41,000 signatures on a petition to allow pets in council properties.

Aimee Williams, 21, of Goldings House, has nine days to find the kittens a home or an injunction will be set on her.

Aimee has been battling to keep the kittens and even started a petition after her housing officer informed her that she had 14 days to get rid of them 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: “I first of all just wanted to say thank you for everyone’s support by trying to help me and my two adorable kittens.

“It really meant a lot to me knowing how much people cared, were willing to fight and help me fight for what I believe in.

“However, I did fail and I’ve lost both of them.”

Aimee added: “I’m not happy with this whatsoever.

“I’m feeling like I’ve just been beaten down, been forced down and not been able to get back up again.

“My mindset ain’t the same without them.

“They weren’t just pets to me but family and having the only thing which made my life complete taken away from me just like that has hurt me.”

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.

“Historically we have had issues with antisocial 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.”

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