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Feeding abandoned, domesticated cats is “harboring a stray animal” and a crime — 8 Comments

  1. So if a resident takes in a stray cat and keeps it inside, is that harboring? This law sounds like it was designed to be flexible so Law enforcement can use it hotter they feel.

  2. Although this Chesapeake law is a little extreme, I think that thousands of U.S. counties enforce some version of it. In my county, any person feeding stray or feral cats that are not part of a registered TNR program will be titled as the “oWner”. From there, it snowballs… Pet owners are required to have their cats routinely vaccinated and those cats are not to be free-roaming EVER.
    There are positive and negative aspects to this. The negative is that the feeder may not be able to afford to vaccinate nor be equipped to bring cats into her home, especially if they are feral. If she doesn’t comply, she may well face hefty fines and eventual incarceration should the matter go to court. The positive aspect would be that it may force “lax caretakers” to register their cats/colony with a TNR program. The cost for vaccinations and neutering would be minimal. Plus, registered colony cats are permitted to be fed and free-roaming.
    As an aside, there are several Florida counties that have made it a crime to give handouts to a homeless person in public.

  3. Amazing they have stupid laws like this when they can’t exercise any gun control even though people are dying every day from attacks. Gee, Debbie having a kind heart is what, unlawful? I took one in a week ago after feeding him awhile. Gus is so sweet…I’m keeping him!

    • My feelings exactly Chuck. It seems upside down to me. The way I see it, she was doing some good. Yes, there was a danger that people who want to abandon their cats would get to know what she was doing and then dump their cats where she was feeding them. That is always a possibility. The way to tackle that is to tighten up cat ownership to make sure more cat owners act responsibly. That is a difficult one but I believe the authorities have to do something.

  4. Just once I would like to see the story of an abandoned cat and the former owner tracked down and given the FB social medial hide scrubbing they deserve.

  5. It’s either severely outdated or the work of car haters who cannot remain unbiased once they have power. Maybe both.

    Sending prayers to Debbie and those cats. She needs bigger names behind her to help her. Surely she’s not the only one trying to help cats.

    • Thanks Jennifer. I have similar thoughts. I just don’t get it unless its businesses who forced this prosecution through because they are the sorts of people who want to eradicate stray cats.

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