Tiger and Princess may not be able to go for their daily roams around the neighborhood anymore.
A councilman in Attleboro, Massachusetts is proposing an ordinance that would regulate cat owners to keep their cats on their own property. If a cat is found to be trespassing and out of the owner’s yard, fines up to $100 each incident could be imposed.
Councilman Brian Kirby said his proposal is in response to complaints from two residents. He said he knows his proposal “may not go anywhere”, but he said the problem needs to be addressed.
One resident complained about a neighbor’s cat that jumped over a fence into his property and killed a pet bird. Another complained about a cat that scratched his car and left his yard “smelling like a litter box.”
Kirby said he is not suggesting that cats are kept indoors, but he wants to see legislation put in place if they are endangering other pets or using other people’s properties as litter boxes.
He did acknowledge a cat control ordinance may be hard to enforce.
His proposal say “no owner or keeper of a cat shall cause or permit such cat, whether licensed or unlicensed, to run at large or be a public nuisance within the city of Attleboro.”
Seven council members sided with Kirby, while one member said the proposal was ridiculous.
“In all my 12 years on the city council, it is one of the most ridiculous proposals I’ve ever seen,” the council member said. “To try to contain a cat like a dog is ridiculous.”
“What it would basically do is outlaw outdoor cats,” he said. “Even super-progressive communities haven’t sunk that low.”
Source: The Sun Chronicle
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