CONNELLSVILLE TWP. (KDKA) – Township supervisors have denied a woman’s request to raise three bobcats in her backyard.

Karen Osler stated her case to neighbors during a township supervisors meeting earlier this week. A constable delivered the letter denying permission to her on Friday.

“I have some concerns over being financially able to maintain these bobcats and keep them in a healthy condition and environment that’s safe for everybody in the neighborhood,” Robert Carson, a township supervisor, said this week.

The bobcats, Boris, Norman and Olivia, are all declawed. They are currently living with a woman in Uniontown who can’t take care of them anymore.

Osler built an enclosure in her backyard for the bobcats.

“I would not have built something that I’d not believe was absolutely – that wasn’t absolutely safe, so that’s just me – I care a lot for these animals,” she said. “ I don’t want to see them or the public get hurt.”

Osler, who has a background in caring for exotic animals, says she plans to appeal.

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