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Algonquin Hotel's "Directfurr of Guest Relations," Matilda the cat, is living life on a shorter leash

Nov. 23, 2011 at 12:52 PM ET

Poor Matilda III. After having free reign over New York City's landmark Algonquin Hotel lobby, the most recent addition to the hotel's long line of feline residents (dating back to the 1930's), is now tethered to the front desk thanks to a "reminder" from the city's Department of Health & Mental Hygiene that "live animals are not allowed in food-service establishments unless a patron needs a service dog." And kitties don't count.

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Matilda the cat is interviewed by New York radio reporter Bob Brown at the Algonquin Hotel in New York on Wednesday, November 23, 2011. Matilda III, who was once free to roam the hotel, is now confined to the reaches of her leash. (Photos by Jonathan D. Woods)
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Matilda the cat greets guests and visitors at the Algonquin Hotel in New York on on Wednesday, November 23.
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Matilda the cat gets a friendly petting from a curious visitor. Guests at the hotel would often ask workers to point out Mathilda's hiding spots. Now, she must stay in plain view.
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