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Wellington city adopts new animal ordinance including no more than 4 cats per owner

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I glad about the dogs living in a clean place and have room to roam around on the owners property. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Jim · 397 weeks ago Perhaps the city and county could support a 50% spray rule…. That they would pay for 50% of the dog or cat neutering cost. Also vets could volunteer 50% on some cases making it free to neuter large amounts of the cats and dogs in the rural barns and city alleys. Report Reply 1 reply · active 397 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down cat friend · 397 weeks ago the out of town people should be getting thier cats fixed too. i live in the country and fix all of my females to keep the population down. i have a neighbor who would let her cats freely populate on thier own and she would not tame the kittens. she has since moved away and all of her cats are coming to my house so they won’t starve. i love cats and i take care of them but now i have to tame them before they get pregnant again and i need to get them shots. there are plenty of cats out there so all adopted cats should be fixed! the price of getting a cat fixed is crazy! it would be nice to have the price of fixing animals be just a bit cheaper! Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down use your brain · 397 weeks ago The number of cats someone has isn’t what causes the problem. You could have seven cats and if all were spayed or neutered that’s all you would have no more. The neighbor could have one but its not spayed. Every six months or so it would roll out another litter of kittens. In 10 years of medium litters say 4 kittens, this neighbor with one cat has contributed 80 cats to the towns over population of cats. This is not counting all the litters the kittens will have when the mature in less than a year if their new owners don’t spay or neuter. The idea that limiting the number will do anything is small minded. A requirement of having all cats in the city limit spayed or neuter would do a better job. Also local low cost spay and neuter would help. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down nightowl · 397 weeks ago I am really amused. We have high taxes,torn up streets,high utilities,business’s closing. So now we are paying to have someone monitor if we are picking up our dog poo. Would be nice if this town took as much care of it’s tax payers. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Jim · 397 weeks ago I get so tired of those that pour out cat food to feed the cats which gets on the cat hotline fast and all the cats seem to congragate in an area. PLEASE if you dont own a cat dont be putting out food for them. Let them get food at their own house. Report Reply 1 reply · active 397 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down notlla · 397 weeks ago Why do i have to buy a tag for my dog,and cat owners don`t. dosen`t seem quite far. ////////////// Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down **** · 397 weeks ago THIS LAW WAS RATED AS ONE DUMBEST LAWS IN THE UNITED STATE ON NATIONAL TV NEW THIS MORNING Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Sunny · 397 weeks ago I wish people would keep their house cats, in the house! I do, mine has never made it out the door. I have a neighbors, large black and white tom, that tears up my trash, trips my security light at midnight, and has even tried to come through my glass door to get my cat. I don’t trap him and give him to the police, because I know they will kill him. The law is supposed to be the same for cats as dogs, no at large. My cat is a rescued feral baby that was raised by hand. His two sisters are adopted by another family member, they came from a large feral community here on the west side. We have done our part, now everybody else needs to do the same! Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Ridiculous · 397 weeks ago I’m very disappointed with this law. The part about having no more than 4 cats is ridiculous. If the owner has the means to own more than four cats and all of them are fixed then that’s their business. What about the individuals who already have more than 4 cats in their household? Are they expected to get rid of the extra one(s) that they have? What about having the number of animals based on square footage of the home? In a larger home you won’t even see the card half of the time. This law is extremely narrow-minded in the fact that there are varying types of households in Wellington and some of them can handle being responsible for more than 4 cats. I strongly believe that if you cannot afford to take care of the animal properly, you should not own one–that includes getting vaccinations and spaying/neuterings done. Responsible pet owners, however, should not be held accountable and penalized for the idiocy and irresponsibility of others. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — One kitty, two kitty, three kitty, four. Five kitty, six …. um not so fast there partner.The Wellington City Council has passed an ordinance that an owner can no longer have more than four cats per household older than six months of age. Also, there can’t be more than one litter of kittens per household.The stipulation was part of an amended comprehensive city animal ordinance which was adopted on Dec. 18 and is now in effect.The ordinance also requires: •a “Bad apple” rule that any person found guilty of multiple violations of vicious dogs, dog fighting and tethering will no longer be allowed to own a dog or cat for a year;•new stipulations for dog shelters including dog pens, cleanliness, removal of excrement, drainage, maintenance, and inspections;•a separate section for wild or exotic animals;•an establishment of an animal control officer;•a new set of rules when adopting a cat within the city limits, including a spay and neuter requirement except for people outside the city limits.The new animal ordinance comes after a committee was formed upon the recommendation of Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath, that included council members Chase Weber and John Brand, former council member Paula Mortimer, City manager Gus Collins and city prosecutor Kerwin Spencer.Heath reported that through November 2012, the city has picked up 231 cats and has euthanized 201 of those cats.The ordinance originally stated that no cat adoption would take place unless all cats were spayed and neutered. However, council member Jan Korte said several farmers outside the city limits want cats to populate at their farm, according to unofficial city council minutes. The new rule was amended to allow people outside the city limits to adopt cats not neutered.Mortimer said the one-year prohibition of abusive dog/cat owners is not long enough. However, Brand said it is a start and the ordinance can always be changed for a longer prohibition period at a later date.last_img

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