In a move which has angered hundreds of residents of White Settlement, Texas, the city council has voted to remove Browser, the library cat, from his job.

Browser, a former drifter that was rescued from a life on the streets, has spent the last six-years living a peaceful life among the library stacks. Lillian Blackburn, president of the Friends of the White Settlement Public Library, was quoted by the Star-Telegram as saying, “That cat has been loved by people of all ages for six years, I don’t have any animals. But this cat is so gentle and so lovable and he brings so much comfort to so many people, it seems like a shame to take him away.”

The whole ugly situation seems to stem from an incident that took place at City Hall, where some desk jockey wasn’t allowed to keep their dog at work. The employee then took aim at the innocent, loving fur-ball that lounged in the library, bringing Browser’s quiet days among the bookworms to a looming end due in mid-July.

A petition, in Browser’s defense, has been circulated and snagged 618 signatures.

Mayor Ron White is totally behind Browser’s position in the library and plans on readdressing the issue at a July 12th meeting, just two days before the felines removal from his cushy job. White is reminding council members that election time is approaching in November and a negative stand against Browser may have ramifications.

Meanwhile, Browser is unaware of his soon ejection from his current home and continues his Facebook page, as the city of White Settlement fights like cats and dogs…(I just had to add that..).

Chances are, after this story goes viral on the internet, the next item on the City Council's meeting agenda may be the issue of renaming the City of White Settlement.