In 2010, Boston resident Sal Esposito (pictured at right) received a jury summons, but his caretakers didn’t think he should have to serve on the grounds that he's a cat.

Sal the catGuy and Anna Esposito had listed the domestic shorthair on the U.S. Census.

"Sal is a member of the family, so I listed him on the last Census form under pets, but there has clearly been a mix-up," Anna told local television station WHDH.

The couple filed to have their pet disqualified from serving, stating that Sal is “unable to speak and understand English.” They even included a letter from a veterinarian explaining that Sal is "a domestic short-haired neutered feline."

However, the court rejected the request, so Sal had to report for jury duty at Suffolk Superior Crown Court.

Guy said if Sal were selected for a jury, he’d serve to the best of his feline ability. Apparently the cat is a big fan of crime shows and "knows right and wrong."

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Cat summoned for jury duty in Boston
The feline's owners filed to have their pet disqualified, but the court rejected the request so Sal the cat had to report for duty.