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Cambridge Chronicle, MA
... made of bronze. Entitled "Alley Cats," these benches are in the shape of a common city animal, the stray cat. They sit among the ...[Feral Cat Blog! Note: Just one situation or news article highlights many recurring cat issues, conflicts and confusion found anywhere.]SSPCA: Woman should continue feeding cats
Oneonta resident’s landlord says he’s willing to close shelter
Oneonta Daily Star, NY, 05/26/05
By Jake Palmateer,Staff Writer
ONEONTA — Rae Self’s cats are safe for now.
There are no plans to round up a dozen cats that have been using a shelter behind her 43 Fairview St. residence, city officials said Wednesday.
The city Housing Board of Appeals ruled Monday in favor of Code Enforcement Officer Peter Friedman’s denial of a certificate of compliance for Self’s landlord, Nicholas Knoll. Without the certificate, occupancy of the property is considered unlawful.
Knoll, the owner of the property, said he was willing to go along with the board’s ruling and shutter the cat shelter.
But there is no prohibition against Self owning the cats, one of Self’s supporters said.
The city code sets no limitations on the number of cats a person may have and only requires that cats that go outside be spayed or neutered.
"She has to feed the cats. They’re her cats," Patty Timoney, executive director of the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said. "It would be illegal for her to not feed the cats."
Timoney cited state Agriculture and Markets law regarding the feeding of animals.
The Housing Board reasoned that a cat feeding station or a cat shelter are not authorized uses of the property under the city zoning code. The board is also concerned about general safety issues involving stray or feral cats congregating in a residential area.
The SSPCA and the Greater Oneonta Fund for Animal Responsibility are lobbying to preserve the cat shelter and say Self has done a service to the community by removing strays from the breeding population.
Dr. Joseph Dreels, a veterinarian with the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, said many municipalities across the state have problems with stray or feral cats.
"The feral-cat issue is a hot-button issue," Dreels said. "It’s very difficult to find common ground between both sides. It will be very tough to find a compromise."
Oneonta Mayor Kim Muller said the denial of Knoll’s appeal was a "technical decision" that she supports.
"Certainly, I think the issue of cats in Oneonta is a problem," Muller said.
But Muller said her interpretation of state law was that a trap, neuter and release program as advocated by the SSPCA and GOFAR would not be allowed to operate with city tax dollars.
"It is illegal to use local government funds to trap, neuter, release," Muller said.
The SSPCA has a $30,000-a-year contract with the city to control stray cats and dogs, and the group helped construct Self’s cat shelter.
Muller said she will be asking the city attorney to review the contract with the SSPCA to ensure state regulations are being followed.
But Dreels said the Agriculture and Markets Law does not prevent municipalities from running their own trap, neuter and release programs funded by local tax dollars.
"We’re not going to say no," Dreels said.
The state advocates a subsidized neuter/spay program for eligible people who adopt cats from shelters and also regulates euthanasia practices, Dreels said. The minimum time limit set by the state for the impoundment of an animal before it is euthanized is five days.
Muller said although trapping and euthanization are an option for the city, it is unlikely that the city would adopt an animal destruction policy.
Muller said the state needs to come up with better regulations on cat control for municipalities. She said the New York Conference of Mayors is studying the issue.
Friedman did not want to comment on the cat shelter.
"We’ve been instructed not to talk about the issue because of the threat of litigation against the city," Friedman said.
Self said Wednesday the experience has caused her stress and taken time away from her woodcarving hobby.Hudson couple tries to save abandoned litter of kittens
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For the last several months, a Staten Island animal shelter has been able to accomplish the near-impossible: not euthanize a single healthy, adoptable cat.
That will soon change - unless something drastic happens.
The city Animal Care and Control's small shelter on Veterans Road West has been inundated with cats and kittens in recent days, and unless enough new owners come forward, some may have to die.
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Cat leash law in Roanoke?WSLS.com, VA
The city of Roanoke has posted a survey on its website and wants your opinion on its free roaming cat problem.
The city's animal control office and a group of local animal authorities designed the survey to find out how big the free roaming cat problem in the city is and how to handle it.
One option included on this survey; a law that would make it illegal for city cats to leave their owners land without being on a leash. The city says the law is just one option. An option no other city we could find has adopted.[Feral Cat Blog! Note: Well, not sure why the survey link was not included in the news blurb but here's the City of Roanoke, VA website where you can click at left on Free Roaming Cat Survey and here's the direct link to the Free Roaming Cat Survey.]Raccoon Rabies Reaches Harwich
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