-- Agence France-Presse, May 2;
The Mercury (Hobart, Australia), May 3
TAKING ON THE IGNORANT, BIGOTED KITTY CAT In 2001, the resident cat that hung around the public library in Escondido, Calif., attacked the assistance dog of Richard R. Espinosa (whose disability is a panic disorder), inflicting cuts that so discomforted Espinosa that he filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against the library for the "terror, humiliation, shame, embarrassment, mortification, chagrin, depression, panic, anxiety, flashbacks, [and] nightmares" the dog's injuries caused him. In April 2002, Espinosa amended his complaint, claiming that his disability puts him and his dog into a specially protected class and thus the cat's actions should be considered a "hate crime."
-- MSNBC.com, April 5