Durango area couple gives up catwalk fight

In this April 17, 2013 photo, Gus, relaxes on the stairway after crossing the catwalk near Durango Colo. A dispute over a catwalk is leaving two pet cats out on a limb while its owners battle their homeowners group. Two apartment renters built a 13-foot catwalk to a nearby tree that allows their two cats to go outside their second floor abode whenever they want. A ladder was added to let them climb down on their own. (AP Photo/The Durango Herald, Jerry McBride)

DURANGO — A Durango area couple is giving up their fight to keep a 13-foot escape route for their cats outside their apartment.

Martha Spence and her husband built the catwalk from a window to a nearby tree to allow their two cats to go outside from their second-floor unit whenever they wanted. The Durango Herald (http://bit.ly/YKl7Jb) reported that they agreed to take it down Thursday at the request of the development’s homeowners association.

The couple had planned to appeal the board’s request but Spence said her husband wasn’t able to take off work to pursue it.

Neighbors objected to the look of the catwalk and also worried children would try to use it. In addition, the association says its regulations bar pets from roaming free in the development.


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