(Atlantic) The Atlantic Community Protection Commission is meeting later this afternoon to discuss the possibility of regulating cats. Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris says the topic arose after a councilman received a complaint about cats bothering a residence bird sanctuary.
“I believe a resident contacted a council member concerning cats running loose in her back yard where she has a bird sanctuary,” stated Harris. “So this has been referred to the Community Protection Commission.”
Harris says cat ordinances are somewhat unusual because they are difficult to regulate.
However, there are currently over 1,100 cities and counties that have local ordinances on controlling cats, according to the American Bird Conservancy. Those ordinances can be found at www.municode.com. American Bird Conservancy Officials say the following statistics should be compiled locally before presenting a case for legislation.
The “cat facts” include; The number of cats entering the shelter each year; how many of those cats are stray and how many have been surrendered; how many stray cats have been reclaimed by their owner; how many are adopted; and how many are euthanized. Track the number and kinds of complaints that animal care and control agencies receive regarding cats. Document all cases of neglect, cruelty, and injuries. And document public health problems that relate to cats.
The meeting is slated for 4:30 this afternoon in the Atlantic City Council Chambers.
June 13, 2012
2:00 p.m. newscast