Tuesday, February 8, 2011

New Town Law Takes Aim at Controlling Cats

"...The law bans cats from causing a nuisance, which includes urinating in a neighbors yard or damaging property.

Owners of female cats must be extra cautious when their cat is in heat to ensure it doesn't run wild.

The law is being met with mixed reactions.

"I really like idea of cats being recognized as important enough to have laws about them," said Barbara Carr, Executive Director of the Erie County SPCA. "On the other hand, I'm not sure what this law is going to help with because cats are very hard to control."

The new regulations do not include licensing, and the number of cats a person is allowed to have will not be limited.

However, officials say they hope the law will help cut down on hoarding.

Repeat offenders will face a fine of about $150, and first-time offenders will pay a $75 fine.

It will go into effect next month...." More & video

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