Nuisance Cat Ordinance Pulled From Charleston Council Agenda (WV)
One of the cat challenges observed and documented since I became aware in 2001. This is Charleston West Virginia, not South Carolina!
Nuisance Cat Ordinance Pulled From Charleston Council Agenda
Updated: Thursday, October 30, 2014 | Latasha Hughes, Taisha Walker, Jeff Morris
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The nuisance cat ordinance has been pulled from Charleston City Council's Monday agenda.
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said that the bill has been removed from the agenda to allow more time to understand the problem and work with the Kanawha Humane Association for a better solution.
The bill, the latest version of which was approved Tuesday night by the Ordinance and Rules Committee, said that a property owner can call and have unwanted cats that wander onto their property removed, and then the cats’ owners can be fined.
But some cat owners have argued the ordinance would do more harm than good.
Josh Kent, a member on the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association board, said Charleston has a feral cat problem, not a nuisance cat issue.
Jack Harrison, chairman of the Ordinance and Rules Committee, disagrees. He said the ordinance is basically designed so that homeowner who is experiencing an unwanted cat on their property has a mechanism to call and have the cat picked up. The humane officer would then have to take the cat to the animal shelter. The cat's owner would have to pay $30 fine (if it's a first offense) to retrieve the animal.
Kent said the proposed ordinance is flawed because it would cost the pet owner, humane officers and the shelter additional money. He said the ordinance would become a nuisance to the local shelter, which is already overpopulated with 139 cats and only 92 cages. He said that doesn't include kittens, nor does it address the city's real problem, feral cats, without owners.
Harrison said the ordinance isn't perfect, but it's a start.
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