Categories: feral cats

Albuquerque woman sues the city for compensation over TNR saying her house value has dropped

Marcy Britton, described as an ‘animal welfare activist’ says that TNR (trap-neuter-release of feral cats) has turned her property into a feral cat colony. She says that it does more harm than good and her home has lost value.

Woman sues the city over TNR

“It’s a gruesome, inhumane, illegal, thing to do to any animal…”

The city of Albuquerque has been supporting TNR for seven years.

“Cats are not wildlife. Our city is not a cat sanctuary..”

“It’s disgusting. I mean you come home from work and there are cats on your porch. They get hit by cars. They get poisoned. This is where I live. My property value has been reduced…”

Marcy Britton

Britton has sued the Mayor of the city and the Director of Animal Welfare Department. Her complaint as stated in the court document is:

COMPLAINT FOR DAMAGES FOR INVERSE CONDEMNATION AND TRESPASS AND FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF

What is ‘inverse condemnation’? It describes the situation where, in this instance, the local government takes private property but fails to pay compensation.

Comment: It is a hopeless case. It has no chance of success. None at all. This has nothing to do with inverse condemnation. It seems that Britton is concerned that her property has lost value or that is what she believes. This, I would suggest, is the main reason for her suing the government. So there is a commercial reason behind this. Perhaps she has plans to sell the property. She’d be hard pressed to prove that her property has lost value because of the presence of feral cats.

Woman sues the city over TNR

Animal Welfare say the program is working. TNR is the only way to deal with feral cats humanely and if Britton wants to fix the problem of feral cats she should lobby the city to provide education to cat owners to try and make them more responsible. Irresponsible cat owners are the root source of the problem. TNR is a reaction to that core problem.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I am 70-years-of-age at 2019. For 14 years before I retired at 57, I worked as a solicitor in general law specialising in family law. Before that I worked in a number of different jobs including professional photography. I have a longstanding girlfriend, Michelle. We like to walk in Richmond Park which is near my home because I love nature and the landscape (as well as cats and all animals).

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  • Right off the bat I would consider the property one I would favor to buy... so it's just a matter of who you talk to. Debating what you categorize an animal is just playing a semantics game. They're still animals at risk and even more in need than those that aren't domesticated, because we caused their existence in the first place and should take responsibility for them, not turn our backs because at some point we want a windfall profit on resale of the property. I'd welcome the opportunity to help and steward as many cats as possible, and a property that has them is a plus to me, so I might pay handsomely for it, or at least as much as any other parcel.

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