Sterling Heights official's tweet sparks anger among cat lovers - New York News

Sterling Heights official's tweet sparks anger among cat lovers

Posted: Updated:
"be cool, Jules. He's a troll. Kinda like the people who keep emailing me about feral cats....Kidding!" "be cool, Jules. He's a troll. Kinda like the people who keep emailing me about feral cats....Kidding!"
"Cat people are so sensitive." "Cat people are so sensitive."
"Dear feral cat lovers who didn't wish death upon me: you are not trolls. Glad we cleared this up. Your friend - Mike" "Dear feral cat lovers who didn't wish death upon me: you are not trolls. Glad we cleared this up. Your friend - Mike"
(WJBK) -

What started as a concern for stay cats in Sterling Heights has turned into a war of words on Twitter, with a high-ranking city official under fire.

It started when Sterling Heights Mayor Pro Tem Michael Taylor responded to a negative tweet.

"I'll own my comment, and I'm not going to back down from it. When somebody sends me a disgusting email, I'm going to respond to it. I'm not one of these politicians that just, you know, gives a vanilla, public-relations response," Taylor tells FOX 2's Andrea Isom.

He tweeted:

"Be cool, Jules. He's a troll. Kinda like the people who keep emailing me about feral cats....Kidding!"

Cat advocates across the country caught wind of the remark and the claws came out.

"Everyone wants to put it out that we're these crazy cat people," says Laura Wilhelm Bruzek, Director of Paws for the Cause.

"I don't think that any elected official, who is being paid by the taxpayers, should be name calling, even if he is quote 'kidding,'" says Carol Lowther, an animal foster parent. She says she was one of the people who has emailed Taylor about the cat situation, and does not consider herself an Internet "troll."

The city of Sterling Heights has been trying to fix its feral cat problem. Many have suggested the city take the TNR approach, or trap, neuter and return the cats, but say the city has not paid any attention to their suggestion.

"If somebody's accusing me of not caring, nothing could be further from the truth. I spent all day responding to people about this feral cat issue. I'm very interested in it; I'm very involved in it; I do care. I want to do what's best for the residents of Sterling Heights," Taylor says.

He also apologized on camera saying: "I do regret making that comment and painting everyone with a broad brush. There were only a few people doing it in a disrespectful way. Most of the people are, like I said, good-faith animal lovers, cat lovers, who just want to make sure the city's protecting the feral cats in our community and doing it in a humane way."

Taylor says the feral cat conversation is not over and will talk with anyone who brings solutions to him.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • High school football player dies

    High school football player dies

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:12 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:12:05 GMT
    A 16-year-old high school football player from Staten Island is dead after collapsing during practice Monday, officials said. The teen's father says Miles Kirkland-Thomas collapsed Monday morning during practice for Curtis High School. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
    A 16-year-old high school football player from Staten Island is dead after collapsing during practice Monday, officials said. The teen's father says Miles Kirkland-Thomas collapsed Monday morning during practice for Curtis High School. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

  • Bill Clinton to appear in New Haven for fundraiser

    Bill Clinton to appear in New Haven for fundraiser

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:24 AM EDT2014-09-02 10:24:23 GMT
    Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to headline a rally in New Haven to raise money for Democrats running in elections across the country. Clinton is set to appear at the event at the Omni New Haven Hotel on Tuesday. He'll be joined by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, who are seeking re-election in November.
    Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to headline a rally in New Haven to raise money for Democrats running in elections across the country. Clinton is set to appear at the event at the Omni New Haven Hotel on Tuesday. He'll be joined by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, who are seeking re-election in November.

  • G train service restored after Sandy repairs

    G train service restored after Sandy repairs

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:10 AM EDT2014-09-02 10:10:25 GMT
    New York City subway riders are getting back service on the G train between Brooklyn and Queens. The return of service comes as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reopens a tunnel Tuesday that was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The Greenpoint tunnel has been closed for five weeks for repairs. Shuttle buses were provided between G stops in Queens and Brooklyn during that time. 
    New York City subway riders are getting back service on the G train between Brooklyn and Queens. The return of service comes as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reopens a tunnel Tuesday that was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The Greenpoint tunnel has been closed for five weeks for repairs. Shuttle buses were provided between G stops in Queens and Brooklyn during that time. 
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:01:55 GMT
    The trial to determine whether bankrupt Detroit's restructuring plan will be approved is set to begin today.

    The trial to determine whether bankrupt Detroit's restructuring plan will be approved is set to begin today. Follow live Tweets from the courtroom here. >>

  • Child, 3, hospitalized after falling from second-story window

    Child, 3, hospitalized after falling from second-story window

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:31:18 GMT
    A 3-year-old child is receiving treatment at St. John hospital after falling from a second-story window in Detroit this weekend.
    A 3-year-old child is receiving treatment at St. John hospital after falling from a second-story window in Detroit this weekend.
  • Boy, 5, thrown from father's dirt bike and run over

    Boy, 5, thrown from father's dirt bike and run over

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:18:50 GMT
    Residents inside Northport Apartments in Macomb Township say that Sunday afternoon they saw a 27-year-old neighbor riding a dirt bike with his 5-year-old son along busy Garfield Road.Neighbors say they've seen him riding before -- but this time he had his child with him."The first thing that caught my eye was he was riding in his dad's lap," neighbor Tim Hale said. "And they were weaving throughout drainage ditches which are pretty steep." Macomb County sheriffs say the small, orange dirt bik...
    Residents inside Northport Apartments in Macomb Township say that Sunday afternoon they saw a 27-year-old neighbor riding a dirt bike with his 5-year-old son along busy Garfield Road.Neighbors say they've seen him riding before -- but this time he had his child with him."The first thing that caught my eye was he was riding in his dad's lap," neighbor Tim Hale said. "And they were weaving throughout drainage ditches which are pretty steep." Macomb County sheriffs say the small, orange dirt bik...
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices