continued “I can't see just putting out traps and trapping cats helter-skelter. It just isn't a solution to the problem,” said Liverpool resident Chuck Harding, adding that it's also difficult to tell the difference between a tame cat and a wild cat. “If you took somebody's tame cat to the SPCA and it got euthanized, how would anybody feel? I would feel terrible if it was my cat of if I did it to another cat. Going to the SPCA is not the solution.”
Residents in favor of the moratorium advocated for the Trap, Neuter and Release system, or TNR.
“TNR is proven around the world to reduce populations cost-effectively, saving the wasted cost of trapping and killing, which is counterproductive,” said Donna Chambers, vice president of the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse. “Why have we been fighting over this for so many years? Since we all want the same thing, which is fewer cats, TNR is the only method of population reduction that works. Ask the board to pass the moratorium on prosecution of those practicing TNR in the town.”
After closing the public hearing, Supervisor Mark Nicotra commented on his decision to table a vote, saying he did not want to rush action.
“I am not comfortable voting tonight,” he said. “[I have] to wrap my arms over a lot of information.” Nicotra referred to correspondence the board received from people not present and informed those gathered at the meeting that they can obtain copies of emails and letters through the town clerk.
Second Ward Councilor James Magnarelli said he was in support of a moratorium as it would give “breathing room to move forward.”
Third Ward Councilor Jerry Ciciarelli spoke out against a moratorium: “It may not be the best thing in place right now, but at least it's something. Until a better solution is created, I'm not in support.”