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Wayne Post
  • Arcadia explores options to control feral cat populations

  • The Arcadia Town Board is looking into a new ordinance that would address problems with an abundance of feral cats.

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  • The Arcadia Town Board is looking into a new ordinance that would address problems with an abundance of feral cats.
    For Town Code Enforcement Officer Chuck Verkey, the last time he encountered a problem with feral cats was a little over a year ago, but the it prompted him to begin researching a way to deal with them. At present, there is no law on the books or person capable of dealing with a feral cat, Verkey said. Over the past year he has learned that when it comes to feral cats, the town’s and village’s hands are tied.
    Verkey said at first he thought the problem should be addressed by the dog warden, however, the position is created specifically for dealing with canine issues. It is illegal to shoot or poison the problematic felines, Verkey said, so he turned to the Humane Society of Wayne County. Unfortunately, due to their own expenses incurred in caring for the cats, the shelter charges $25 per cat. Verkey said most often that expense would fall to the town to pay unless someone were to take ownership.
    A new ordinance adopted by the city of Canandaigua offered a solution. The law requires anyone harboring or maintaining more than six cats per dwelling must acquire a permit from the city. Verkey presented the ordinance to the Town Board at the February meeting to review. Verkey asked the board to use the law as an example to develop one for the town.
    “The town is exploring its options,” Verkey said. “An ordinance would address feral cat problems throughout the town, including the village.”
    An ordinance passed by the town would apply to village residences as well, Verkey added.

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