Orphaned Cat Saved From Execution Adopted By Missouri Woman

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Missouri woman has adopted a Chicago cat once condemned to death in the will of her late owner.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports, Missouri resident Diane Maxwell on Wednesday picked up the cat, Boots, from the Chicago shelter Cats Are Purrsons Too.

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Boots’ former owner, Georgia Lee Dvorak, died on Dec. 24 of last year at the age of 76.

She put in her will that the 11-year-old cat should be euthanized after she died.

Dvorak’s will – drawn up 24 years ago – said most of her estate, valued at $1.4 million, would go to organizations such as the Anti-Cruelty Society, the Humane Society, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

But Dvorak’s will also ordered that any cat or cats she owned at the time of her death was to be euthanized “in a painless, peaceful manner,” apparently regardless of their health.

Sandra Buturusis, Dvorak’s neighbor in the western suburbs, said Dvorak had her reasons for the order – even though she had rescued the cat from an abusive home.

“She was so afraid that if something happened to her that the cat would not be taken care of and she’d go to another abusive home,” Buturusis said back in April.

But Fifth Third Bank, the executor of Dvorak’s will, got a Cook County probate court judge to set aside that part of the 1988 document.

Maxwell says her cat died in February. Shelter founder Marijon Binder says she received more than two dozen applications to adopt Boots.

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