In response to a post I saw this morning on Johnny Northside, I began to compose a community impact statement about what people around me have experienced from the "Cat Lady," Joy Mattice. I had intended to post it quickly, but had work commitments and wished to track down specific people who were the best recipients of that statement, City Attorney's office employee Laufele Murphy and our local CCP/Safe contact Jennifer Waisanen. Only after I clicked "send" on my letter to them would I publish my letter.
(And by the way John, I'm not proposing a solution to the feral cat problem. I'm proposing a solution to the Joy Mattice problem. As far as I'm concerned, Charles Darwin can help out with the feral cats.)
My impact statement is after the jump, unedited.
To Whom it May Concern:
I understand that Joy Mattice is going to be sentenced as soon as Thursday, November 1 for activities related to illegal ground feeding of feral cats. I would like to submit the following as a community impact statement.
Joy does not respect other people, or their property, or the effects her actions have on the community where she operates. One friend of mine recently bought a house that had been vacant for several months. During the vacancy period, Ms. Mattice began using the garage as a place where she would feed feral cats. She did so by leaving cat food open on the ground in and near the garage. So many cats flocked to the garage that the smell of cat urine is unavoidable. My friend has tried any number of remedies and has been unable to abate that odor. It is so pervasive that there have been serious discussions about demolishing the garage and building new as the only way to get rid of the smell.
Several blocks away, another neighbor had to deal with Joy coming around and leaving cat food in an alley. That ground feeding attracted raccoons, mice, and rats. The additional feral cats and other vermin have significantly harmed this person’s enjoyment of her own back yard, and led to her need to take pest control steps within her house.
In both of these cases, Ms. Mattice and a friend of hers were verbally abusive and threatening to the neighbors who simply wanted her to stop feeding the cats on their own property. Another friend of mine told me of a similar verbal confrontation with Ms. Mattice and her companion.
Ms. Mattice does not respect other people’s private property. She does not respect other people, period. When confronted, she gets combative and threatening towards others. I am glad to see her finally getting some kind of a sentence, but I worry that she will simply return to the same habits and places as before. Those places are the Hawthorne, Jordan, and Near North neighborhoods.
Therefore, I am asking for as strong of a sentence as is reasonable, which should include geographic restrictions so that she cannot come to the communities she has afflicted.
2601 Penn Ave N
Minneapolis MN 55411