Cats at large problem for neighbors

Cats roaming the neighborhood, urinating and dropping feces on private property have become a nuisance for some Scenic Height's residents.

Tracy LeClair and Lisa Binsley approached the town board April 13 to ask for an ordinance making it illegal to let cats roam at large.

"There are an exorbitant number of cats in our neighborhood," LeClair said. "My yard is covered in cat feces and urine. They urinate on my front porch and under my deck. When I step out my door the only thing I can smell is cat urine."

LeClair said at least seven cats are seen daily in and around the neighborhood. Some are feral but four or five belong to one neighbor. She said the owners have the cats out all day and night and only let them in the house to feed them and let them back out again.

"I have two cats and they are left in," LeClair said.

LeClair said when she racked leaves this spring there were "masses of cat pooh."

"My kids can't play in the yard. It's unhealthy," she said. "They've created havoc in my life. My own cats are tormented and began spraying doorways in the house to mark their territory. I can't take it anymore."

Binsley said her backyard has been certified a wildlife habitat and the cats are killing wildlife.

"Did you talk to the neighbor [who owns the cats]?" asked Rocco DiVeronica, board supervisor.

"I asked them to keep the cats away and they said no, we don't have to," Binsley said.

DiVeronica said under agriculture and marking laws there are no ordinances regarding cats running at large.

"We can create an ordinance but how to we enforce it," DiVeronica said.

LeClair suggested the board look at the ordinances other communities have. DiVeronica said they would do that.

"We'll go up and take a look," DiVeronica told them.

The board will meet again May 11 at 7 p.m.

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