Do we need a cat law?
Do we need a Cat Law?
KAIT, Arkansas - July 6, 2006
Jonesboro, Arkansas - Animal Control Officer James Bowman has asked the City Council to hold off putting the Cat Ordinance on the Agenda.
"The city of Jonesboro is overrun with cats. We have 3 to 4 cat complaint calls a day, but the only law we have right now allows us to pick up the cat only if it has bitten someone. Even then, we have no place to put them after they are picked up." Bowman says it started out as a nuisance and now it has developed into a safety issue.
"The law in effect now is that every cat has to have it's rabies shots and display a tag verifying that information. Stray cats can carry diseases, they get into other people's flower beds and use the bathroom, they get on cars, and they get into your trash."
"We know there is a problem, we see it, but what are we supposed to do about it? We are trying to hold of the ordinance until the new shelter is approved. But if approved it won't be finished till late next year. But there are so many cats, all the shelters are full so even with a new shelter we will get full fast."
Bowman gave us some advice for keeping stray cats away and helping out with the problem. Don't feed the animals, if you do, they'll come back and they will bring a friend. Always have a collar on your animal, and to help the population, get them fixed. The law states you can't have more than 5 pets in your home inside the city limits, over the age of 6 months.
Anyone not adhering to these laws, can receive a citation.
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Does a community need a law or a shelter to address the issues of 1. 'owned' cats -- helping people provide cat identification (not licensing), low-cost or free spay neuter, encouraging indoor cats and 2. homeless cats -- Trap-Neuter-RETURN-Manage (TNRM).
Don't wait -- each unaltered female cat can become pregnant at four to five months and have several litters every year. Feed and fix stray cats!