Cat-scratch fever

No one spoke in favor of retaining the more stringent sections of the cat control ordinance.

The proposed law maintains that feral cat colony caretakers in compliance with the Feral Cat Code should not be considered "owners" of those cats. As a result, feral caretakers would not be targets for prosecution and fines.

The Feral Cat Code stipulates that each feral cat colony be registered with an authorized agency and that the cats be spayed or neutered and vaccinated.

Magnarelli showed support for the new law for three reasons, he said: "It's humane. It's less costly for the town and it will decrease the population of cats which is overcoming the town."

The previous law was too heavy-handed, Young said.

"You can't govern by fear," she told the board. "You can't get people to change their habits by using fear. We need to build a partnership here. We need to take some of the sting out of the law."

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