Man offers to withdraw complaint about library cat

A Swansea man said Thursday he'll withdraw his complaint about a cat at the town's public library, under certain conditions.

Patrick Higgins said in a news release that he acknowledged what he called the "excessive" show of support for Penny.

Penny has lived at the Swansea Public Library for 14 years.

Higgins said he wants the library to post allergy warning signs at all entrances, to obtain a permit from the Board of Health, and to promise that Penny will not be replaced by another cat when she dies.

Higgins also wants the library to remove a fence that he says is blocking a wheelchair entrance to a gazebo.

Higgins threatened to file complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice, claiming the cat was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The library's director told NBC 10 News that the board of directors is expected to meet early next week to draft a response to Higgins.