Library's cat passes away

Penny lived at the Swansea Library for 10 years.

A library cat that became something of cause celebre in the town of Swansea has died.

A note on the Swansea Public Library's website says Penny passed away.

"For the past 10 years, she brought joy to the patrons and staff. She will be greatly missed," the message says.

A man complained about Penny's presence in the library last year, claiming it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Patrick Higgins later withdrew his complaint, citing what he called the "excessive" show of support for Penny.

Higgins said in a statement emailed to NBC 10 on Monday that he was saddened by Penny's death.

"My fight was never against Penny. I felt, and still feel that the Public Library, and all other government owned and operated public buildings are no place for pets. Cats, dogs, snails, etc. Any pets that a person can have an allergic reaction to, should not live in a public building," Higgins said. "I am glad that my fight, and the attention that it brought allowed so many patrons to visit Penny while she lived at the library."

Higgins said he hopes the library trustees end the tradition of having a cat in the building.