OXFORD, England, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A mother-of-three in the English county of Oxfordshire alleges she was not allowed to adopt a cat because her husband is serving in the military.
The woman, who was only identified as Paula, said officials with the charitable group Cats Protection allegedly would not allow her to adopt a feline because her husband is in the army, The Sun reported Saturday.
"I was furious at the discrimination," Paula said Friday.
"It's a massive problem. The armed forces are second-class citizens."
She told the Sun the charitable group allegedly informed her service families are not allowed to adopt pets under the group's current policy.
"I told them we lived in barracks and they said they don't let people in the forces adopt animals," the woman alleged.
An anonymous volunteer with the group told the newspaper the policy stemmed from the fact cats have been left behind when families relocate.