Animal lover is heartbroken over order to get rid of cats

Miranda Wiggins and her nine-year-old son Harry share their home with 11 animals, but the council has said that is too many and they must get rid of three of their cats

Miranda Wiggins and her nine-year-old son Harry share their home with 11 animals, but the council has said that is too many and they must get rid of three of their cats Buy this photo

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ANIMAL lover Miranda Wiggins is facing heartbreak after being told to get rid of three of her pets.

The single mum shares her two-bed council home in Blackbird Leys with son Harry, nine, and a total of 11 animals.

She has lived in the first floor maisonette since 2001 but Oxford City Council has now told her she has to rehome three of her cats.

The 39-year-old told the Oxford Mail: “It is going to break my heart when they go.

“We have tried to appeal against the decision but the council told me there is nothing I can do.

“All these years I have been here I have had not had one complaint against me.”

The single mum has an 11-month-old black labrador called Jet, four cats called Tibbles, Amber, Paws and Squealer, and six rats – Emily, Ellie, Raven, Storm, Snow and Mitsy.

She said she had taken in stray animals and also pets family members could not keep.

But she said all the animals were comfortable at her Starwort Path home, adding: “They are all happy and healthy.”

“I am kind-hearted and I believe when you have an animal it is for life not just for five minutes.

“My oldest cat is older than my son.”

It is understood the city council found out about the animals recently when Ms Wiggins requested permission to keep them all ahead of changes to her tenancy.

She said she has about two weeks to rehome the cats, but she has not yet decided what to do with them.

And the Queen’s College cleaner said she had been told if she did not comply the council would not let her have any of the animals.

Ms Wiggins said: “I am choosing to keep my oldest one out of respect for her. No one will want a pensioner at her age. The other ones might be easier to rehome.”

Son Harry said he would miss Paws who slept on his bed.

He said: “I feel sad. Paws is very close to me.”

Council spokesman Chofamba Sithole said: “Unfortunately the number of pets is too great for the size of this property, a two bedroom first floor maisonette and the owner did not have permission to have any pets at the property.

“We have been reasonable in our decision-making in allowing her to have one dog, one cat and the caged rats at our discretion.

“However, this is still conditional on keeping to the terms of the current and new Tenancy Agreement.”

Aaron Denton, assistant warden at Stadhampton-based Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary, said the decision seemed unfair – especially if her pets were happy.

He said: “Unless it is causing any distress to any of the other neighbours I cannot see why it is much of a problem.”

But he said the council had the final say as it was its property, adding: “It is an awkward and not very nice situation”

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8:15pm Sat 9 Aug 14

abidonian says...

How is it right that someone in a council house can afford to feed 11 animals and pay for their veterinary care? Surely council housing should be given to those who truly deserve it. Pets are a luxury and if someone cant afford to live without state handouts. Why should they be allowed to have any pets (I do not consider guide dogs to be pets).
How is it right that someone in a council house can afford to feed 11 animals and pay for their veterinary care? Surely council housing should be given to those who truly deserve it. Pets are a luxury and if someone cant afford to live without state handouts. Why should they be allowed to have any pets (I do not consider guide dogs to be pets). abidonian
  • Score: 4

1:59am Sun 10 Aug 14

The New Private Eye says...

abidonian wrote:
How is it right that someone in a council house can afford to feed 11 animals and pay for their veterinary care? Surely council housing should be given to those who truly deserve it. Pets are a luxury and if someone cant afford to live without state handouts. Why should they be allowed to have any pets (I do not consider guide dogs to be pets).
Very true. She could buy her own house and have as many pets as she likes. But as she chooses to live in houses subsidised by our taxes, the she must abide by the rules.
[quote][p][bold]abidonian[/bold] wrote: How is it right that someone in a council house can afford to feed 11 animals and pay for their veterinary care? Surely council housing should be given to those who truly deserve it. Pets are a luxury and if someone cant afford to live without state handouts. Why should they be allowed to have any pets (I do not consider guide dogs to be pets).[/p][/quote]Very true. She could buy her own house and have as many pets as she likes. But as she chooses to live in houses subsidised by our taxes, the she must abide by the rules. The New Private Eye
  • Score: 6

6:50am Sun 10 Aug 14

Oflife says...

abidonian wrote:
How is it right that someone in a council house can afford to feed 11 animals and pay for their veterinary care? Surely council housing should be given to those who truly deserve it. Pets are a luxury and if someone cant afford to live without state handouts. Why should they be allowed to have any pets (I do not consider guide dogs to be pets).
Indeed, but as per the immigrants streaming into this country to exploit the NHS (a factor partly to blame for the death of my father who was left on a hospital bed for over 24 hours after having a heart attack), these people are spoiled. I don't doubt her sincerity re love of animals, but YOUR taxes are paying for them. And by the way, where is the father? Another dysfunctional family living beyond their means with no common sense authority figure to keep things ship shape and sensible?

Only in Oxford! The bastion of toxic left wing values.
[quote][p][bold]abidonian[/bold] wrote: How is it right that someone in a council house can afford to feed 11 animals and pay for their veterinary care? Surely council housing should be given to those who truly deserve it. Pets are a luxury and if someone cant afford to live without state handouts. Why should they be allowed to have any pets (I do not consider guide dogs to be pets).[/p][/quote]Indeed, but as per the immigrants streaming into this country to exploit the NHS (a factor partly to blame for the death of my father who was left on a hospital bed for over 24 hours after having a heart attack), these people are spoiled. I don't doubt her sincerity re love of animals, but YOUR taxes are paying for them. And by the way, where is the father? Another dysfunctional family living beyond their means with no common sense authority figure to keep things ship shape and sensible? Only in Oxford! The bastion of toxic left wing values. Oflife
  • Score: -4

7:20am Sun 10 Aug 14

dant40 says...

Plus they get a lot of vet treatment free If not working
Plus they get a lot of vet treatment free If not working dant40
  • Score: 2

7:26am Sun 10 Aug 14

abidonian says...

Oflife wrote:
abidonian wrote:
How is it right that someone in a council house can afford to feed 11 animals and pay for their veterinary care? Surely council housing should be given to those who truly deserve it. Pets are a luxury and if someone cant afford to live without state handouts. Why should they be allowed to have any pets (I do not consider guide dogs to be pets).
Indeed, but as per the immigrants streaming into this country to exploit the NHS (a factor partly to blame for the death of my father who was left on a hospital bed for over 24 hours after having a heart attack), these people are spoiled. I don't doubt her sincerity re love of animals, but YOUR taxes are paying for them. And by the way, where is the father? Another dysfunctional family living beyond their means with no common sense authority figure to keep things ship shape and sensible?

Only in Oxford! The bastion of toxic left wing values.
Clearly something failed in the case of your father and my biggest sympathise go to you, although do not quite see the relevance of immigrants flooding the NHS and the the fact that this woman is abusing council housing. The system is there to provide help people who need need it most, to which I am more than happy to contribute my fair share, but ALL abuse of it needs to be stopped.
What I am not happy about is the fact that our taxes are paying for these animals. I, in this situation, am a victim of common sense, I work hard, pay for my own house live within my means, but cannot afford to have a pet of my own, it would be cruel!!!
Clearly having morals is my biggest downfall as I end up subsidising people like her for things that I cant afford myself!
[quote][p][bold]Oflife[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abidonian[/bold] wrote: How is it right that someone in a council house can afford to feed 11 animals and pay for their veterinary care? Surely council housing should be given to those who truly deserve it. Pets are a luxury and if someone cant afford to live without state handouts. Why should they be allowed to have any pets (I do not consider guide dogs to be pets).[/p][/quote]Indeed, but as per the immigrants streaming into this country to exploit the NHS (a factor partly to blame for the death of my father who was left on a hospital bed for over 24 hours after having a heart attack), these people are spoiled. I don't doubt her sincerity re love of animals, but YOUR taxes are paying for them. And by the way, where is the father? Another dysfunctional family living beyond their means with no common sense authority figure to keep things ship shape and sensible? Only in Oxford! The bastion of toxic left wing values.[/p][/quote]Clearly something failed in the case of your father and my biggest sympathise go to you, although do not quite see the relevance of immigrants flooding the NHS and the the fact that this woman is abusing council housing. The system is there to provide help people who need need it most, to which I am more than happy to contribute my fair share, but ALL abuse of it needs to be stopped. What I am not happy about is the fact that our taxes are paying for these animals. I, in this situation, am a victim of common sense, I work hard, pay for my own house live within my means, but cannot afford to have a pet of my own, it would be cruel!!! Clearly having morals is my biggest downfall as I end up subsidising people like her for things that I cant afford myself! abidonian
  • Score: 5

10:52am Sun 10 Aug 14

Oxonian says...

Oflife wrote:
abidonian wrote:
How is it right that someone in a council house can afford to feed 11 animals and pay for their veterinary care? Surely council housing should be given to those who truly deserve it. Pets are a luxury and if someone cant afford to live without state handouts. Why should they be allowed to have any pets (I do not consider guide dogs to be pets).
Indeed, but as per the immigrants streaming into this country to exploit the NHS (a factor partly to blame for the death of my father who was left on a hospital bed for over 24 hours after having a heart attack), these people are spoiled. I don't doubt her sincerity re love of animals, but YOUR taxes are paying for them. And by the way, where is the father? Another dysfunctional family living beyond their means with no common sense authority figure to keep things ship shape and sensible?

Only in Oxford! The bastion of toxic left wing values.
Another irrelevant attack on immigrants! It would be nice if Oflife could provide evidence that immigrants are "spoiled".

And the article says that this lady works at Queen's College, so she is earning her own money and our taxes are not paying for her.
[quote][p][bold]Oflife[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abidonian[/bold] wrote: How is it right that someone in a council house can afford to feed 11 animals and pay for their veterinary care? Surely council housing should be given to those who truly deserve it. Pets are a luxury and if someone cant afford to live without state handouts. Why should they be allowed to have any pets (I do not consider guide dogs to be pets).[/p][/quote]Indeed, but as per the immigrants streaming into this country to exploit the NHS (a factor partly to blame for the death of my father who was left on a hospital bed for over 24 hours after having a heart attack), these people are spoiled. I don't doubt her sincerity re love of animals, but YOUR taxes are paying for them. And by the way, where is the father? Another dysfunctional family living beyond their means with no common sense authority figure to keep things ship shape and sensible? Only in Oxford! The bastion of toxic left wing values.[/p][/quote]Another irrelevant attack on immigrants! It would be nice if Oflife could provide evidence that immigrants are "spoiled". And the article says that this lady works at Queen's College, so she is earning her own money and our taxes are not paying for her. Oxonian
  • Score: 5

2:32pm Sun 10 Aug 14

piper2011 says...

It is also very unfair on her neighbours, as she is living in a first floor flat i take it the cats use a litter tray, flats have shared bin space, and cat litter and waste from so many cats must smell awful. This lady obviously has no concern for cleanliness in her own space, as she allows the cats on work sufaces so i assume she couldn't care less about her neighbours health ( where does the dog do its business ? shared grass area i bet
It is also very unfair on her neighbours, as she is living in a first floor flat i take it the cats use a litter tray, flats have shared bin space, and cat litter and waste from so many cats must smell awful. This lady obviously has no concern for cleanliness in her own space, as she allows the cats on work sufaces so i assume she couldn't care less about her neighbours health ( where does the dog do its business ? shared grass area i bet piper2011
  • Score: 1

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