Court demands feline to attend assigned jury duty

Laura Donovan | Contributor

It’s not easy being a cat, especially when you’re Sal Esposito, a Boston feline who has been ordered to serve jury duty.

When Massachusetts couple Guy and Anna Esposito received a jury duty request in the mail for their kitty Sal, they were shocked.

“Sal is a member of the family, so I listed him on the last Census form under pets, but there has clearly been a mix-up,” Anna Esposito told local TV station WHDH. “I read the whole thing and I said, ‘Oh my God, how could he go? He’s a cat… [On the Census form], I just wrote ‘Sal Esposito,’ scratched out the ‘dog,’ and wrote ‘cat.'”

Anna Esposito filed for Sal’s disqualification of service, her justification being that Sal is “unable to speak and understand English.” Esposito even included a letter from the family veterinarian stating that Sal is a “domestic short-haired neutered feline,” but the jury commissioner denied this request.

Sal Esposito is still expected to serve jury duty in court on March 23.

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