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Who Are We to Judge?

It’s part of who he is.

I’m sure Rich — cat guy that he is — would give this cat guy a job.

Looking freakishly like a tiger has gotten Dennis “Cat” Avner lots of attention. But it hasn’t paid many bills.

That’s one reason why Avner is leaving the tiny East County community where he has lived for six years and moving to Washington state. There’s not much demand in San Diego County for a computer and electronics technician with tattooed stripes on his face and fangs in his mouth.

Avner, 46, began his transformation 25 years ago, undergoing up to a dozen surgeries. He offers a simple explanation for enduring all that pain.

“It’s something I need to do,” he said. “I have to do it. It’s part of who I am.”

Make sure to see the picture.


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