Notorious Bellevue cat scores victory in court ahead of civil trial

Oct 26, 2020, 5:16 PM
bellevue cat Miska...
Miska has allegedly been terrorizing her Bellevue neighborhood for years. (KIRO 7 photo)
(KIRO 7 photo)

A notorious Bellevue cat named Miska had her day in court last Friday, to challenge whether the King County Hearing Examiner had the authority to pass judgement on a series of complaints filed against her dating back to 2016. Miska’s owner’s lawyer, Jon Zimmerman, stopped by KIRO Radio’s Gee and Ursula Show to shed some light on what exactly that means for the future of her civil case.

Court battle over notorious Bellevue cat ramps up

A judge ruled Friday that the process used by King County to rule on complaints against Miska “was not enshrined in Bellevue law.”

“All of those cases that have been filed against Miska, the hearing examiner had no authority to even adjudicate them,” Zimmerman said. “The judge ruled that the hearing examiner did not have authority to even hear Bellevue cases, these Bellevue animal enforcement cases, at all, and that’s really significant because he’s been hearing those cases since 2016.”

Many of Miska’s violations predate 2016, although several complaints against the cat have been filed in the time since.

In September of 2014, a “confinement order” was issued against Miska for allegedly harming rabbits, chickens, ducks, and other neighborhood animals. That essentially amounted to house arrest, requiring that her owner keep her in a fenced area secured “with a padlock to prevent accidental release,” or leashed when outside the confines of her property.

Bellevue is also not a “right to roam” city, meaning that owners can be held liable for damage done by their cats outside the confines of their property. Even so, Zimmerman believes that many of the complaints filed against Miska by a neighbor — who also happens to be King County’s regional animal services manager — unfairly targeted her.

Seattle among top cities with dog attacks on postal worker

“We have an individual who’s the head of animal control, with a lot of authority in the jurisdiction for animals in various cities in King County,” he said. “This is really somebody who has overstepped their bounds.”

“That’s just unfair to really any pet owner in Bellevue to have their specific animal targeted,” he added.

And while Miska herself has actually been missing for “several” months, her owner plans to continue on with her civil case.

“This case is going to keep going forward, and we’re going to keep fighting,” Zimmerman vowed.

Listen to the Gee and Ursula Show weekday mornings from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on KIRO Radio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

Gee and Ursula Show

Gee and Ursula

Dalton Day

Pierce County executive vetoes safe parking policy citing skirt of community feedback process

A measure to designate additional parking facilities for homeless communities in Pierce County has been struck down.
13 days ago
MyNorthwest Staff

City leaders lobby Congress to relax pot shop banking laws amid recent spate of armed robberies

Seattle city leaders called on Congress to pass the SAFE Banking Act, a bill that would allow pot stores to access traditional banking services.
20 days ago
MyNorthwest Staff

Economist: ‘Particular concern’ for first-time homeowners amid rising mortgage rates

Prospective homeowners might be wondering if now is the right time to buy before interest rates get raised.
23 days ago
Cars at Pike Place Market...
Gee Scott and Ursula Reutin Show

Local officials attempt to kick out ‘Pike Street Drummer’ Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson, a street jazz drummer often performing at Pike Place Market, is facing the wrath of nearby residents who want him and his music gone after years of bringing entertainment to the area
25 days ago
COVID vaccine students...
Gee Scott and Ursula Reutin Show

Reykdal: Board of Health ‘landed in right place’ by not mandating COVID vaccine for students

Superintendent Chris Reykdal explains the reason behind the Board of Health not requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for students this fall. 
1 month ago
Trygve (The Gee and Ursula Show)...
MyNorthwest Staff

‘Not enough to just say ‘no’ to drugs:’ Bereaved Mukilteo mother on the need for fentanyl education

A mother who lost a son to an accidental Fentanyl overdose calls on the Mukilteo School District to improve their drug education curriculum.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles


Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]

Compassion International Is Determined to ‘Fill’ a Unique Type of Football ‘Stadium’

Compassion International SPONSORED — During this fall’s football season—and as the pandemic continues to impact the entire globe—one organization has been urging caring individuals to help it “fill” a unique type of “stadium” in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of many. Compassion International’s distinctive Fill the Stadium (FtS, initiative provides […]

What are the Strongest, Greenest, Best Windows?

Lake Washington Windows & Doors SPONSORED — Fiberglass windows are an excellent choice for window replacement due to their fundamental strength and durability. There is no other type of window that lasts as long as fiberglass; so why go with anything else? Fiberglass windows are 8x stronger than vinyl, lower maintenance than wood, more thermally […]

COVID Vaccine is a Game-Changer for Keeping our Kids Healthy

Snohomish Health District SPONSORED — Cheers to the parents and guardians who keep their kids safe and healthy. The dad who cooks a meal with something green in it, even though he’s tired and drive-thru burgers were tempting. The mom who calms down the little one who loudly and resolutely does NOT want to brush […]
Experience Anacortes

Coastal Christmas Celebration Week in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
Notorious Bellevue cat scores victory in court ahead of civil trial