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City Plans Feral Cat Ordinance

Mountain View City Council agreed to create an ordinance establishing a program for trapping, spaying or neutering, and returning feral cats to their colony.

A euthanasia clause was added to be used only in emergency situations when recommended by a licensed vet.

Tina Holmlund from the Stone County Humane Society spoke to the council about the importance of not only releasing the cats after they are fixed, but returning them to the same area from where they were captured. She explained grants are available, but the cats must be returned to their original location and cannot be euthanized. She noted there would be no problem with euthanizing very sick or injured cats, and she explained Dr. Nixon is willing to work with the humane society and city on fixing feral cats.

Councilman Dana Woods said the council’s plan had always included returning the cats. Councilman JK Williams said the reason why the council had previously discussed a euthanasia clause was because residents don’t want the feral cats returned to their property.

Holmlund went on to explain that the cats don’t need to stay in the trap for over 12 hours and then can’t be released until after 12 hours after neutered or spayed. She said when returning the cats it really reduces the cat problem and they will only live for about two years. She also stressed the importance of letting people know when trapping is taking place and that a holding period of trapped cats wouldn’t be required. The cats’ ears will be notched once they are spayed and neutered.

Janice Cavender also spoke of the need to educate the public on the feral cat problem and why the city is taking action.

Debby Fischer from Rosco P. Coal Train Community Outreach also addressed the council concerning the feral cat problem. She explained “cats have a purpose” and without cats, there will be rat, mice, and snake problems. She said she could help with transporting cats to other shelters, and said that trapping and returning the cats would solve the problem. She said another city recently spent $40,000 because they euthanized someone’s cat.

The council unanimously agreed to creating the cat ordinance and encouraged Holmlund to begin the grant writing process.

See the full story in the June 21, 2017 issue.

Comments (4)

  • Trudy Lynn

    So, let me get this straight, if residents DON’T want the feral cats returned to their property to kill birds and other small wildlife (including snakes, all people are not snake haters) urinate on the lawn furniture, poo in the flower beds, spread taxoplasmosis, they will get returned anyway?. So to heck with property owners rights, we’re going to return them if you want them or not??? Nice way to treat your residents City Council. Here’s a little tidbit… snakes are one of the best rodent control you can have, and most snakes in Arkansas are harmless, not a “problem”. let the snakes do their job. Mountain View City Council, the way this reads, the ordinance is not set in stone yet. I beg you to consider your residents property rights before you force unwilling residents to turn their yards into litter boxes.

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  • TNR Researcher

    One SLIGHT problem: The very same reason that trap & kill fails is the very same reason that TNR fails. You just cannot trap them faster than they breed, are dumped by criminally irresponsible pet-owners, or as fast as they out-adapt to any trapping method ever invented by man. ANY method dependent on trapping is doomed to fail before you even start. But hunted-to-extinction most certainly works. It even worked on something as small and prolific as The Rocky Mountain Locust that used to darken they skies of half of N. America at one time. A simple 50-cent per bushel bounty on them made them no-more, forever, extinct, in only a few years. It’ll work even better and far faster on something that breeds even slower and is easier to target — like cats.

    Here is glaring proof of how, as cat-hoarders so often and mindlessly respew, “Trap-Neuter-Release is the most effective means of managing feral cat populations. In fact, it is the only proven way to do so.”

    The residents of the UK who invented TNR in the 1950’s have been relentlessly practicing that failed ideology nationwide for over 60 years now. And all they have managed to do with TNR is DOUBLE their vermin cat populations — from 4.1 million vermin cats in 1965 to 8.1 million vermin cats in 2015. (One site claims 10.5 million today!) And to help, all this time they are still killing them in shelters and legally shooting them in rural areas under their animal depredation-control laws. By foolishly hoping and praying that their very own TNR concept will reduce vermin cat populations someday they have now even driven their one and only NATIVE cat species to extinction with their invasive-species vermin “moggies” (feral house-cats) — with less than 19 “Scottish Wildcats” left in the whole world. (Along with 421 other species that they have already made extinct in the UK in the last 200 years — OVER TWO SPECIES PER YEAR GONE FOREVER just due to British cultural beliefs, practices, and values.) All the while they still insist that practicing their failed TNR policies will still save their “Scottish Wildcat” from being wiped from the earth forever. You can kiss their “Scottish Wildcat” good-bye too now because 19 individuals is not even enough RNA diversity for a viable/successful species anymore — they are already EXTINCT. (Laughably ironic if it weren’t so pathetically, globally, and permanently sad. The population of the UK have made themselves into the ecological-laughingstocks of the whole world.)

    Nice plan. TNR sure does work, doesn’t it!

    You know that saying about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. The British have proved the failure of their vermin cat-insanity for over 60 years now. You too can be just as ecologically destructive, ignorant, and just as insane as the inbred mentalities of the Toxoplasma gondii brain-damaged moggie-licking British by practicing and promoting their failed-belief in their TNR concept.

    Here too are some wonderful quotes from an article published by their most revered TNR promoters — the very “scientists” that TNR imbeciles always quote out of context to try to support their TNR insanity. Read it and weep.

    “Virtually no information exists to support the contention that neutering is an effective long-term method for controlling free-roaming cat populations.”

    “Free-roaming cats do not appear to have sufficient territorial activity to prevent new arrivals from permanently joining colonies.”

    Levy, Julie K., David W. Gale, and Leslie A. Gale. “Evaluation of the Effect of a Long-Term Trap-Neuter-Return and Adoption Program on a Free-Roaming Cat Population.” Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 2003, 222(1)

    Or these comments from Julie K. Levy’s other study::

    “In both counties, results of analyses did not indicate a consistent reduction in per capita growth, the population multiplier, or the proportion of female cats that were pregnant.”

    “Implementation of the stage-structured model suggested that no plausible combinations of life history variables would likely allow for TNR to succeed in reducing population size, although neutering approximately 75% of the cats could achieve control (which is unrealistic), a value quite similar to results in the present study.”

    Levy, Julie K; “Analysis of the impact of trap-neuter-return programs on populations of feral cats”

    Pretty damning conclusion regarding the efficacy of TNR.

    “No plausible combinations…. would likely allow for TNR to succeed…”.

    In other words – It can’t work.

    BONUS INFO:

    Here’s a couple of good sites for them to dream about at night. It shows how their “loving and humane” euthanasia by “TNR attrition” works to reduce cat populations by their supporting, promoting, and practicing TNR. Wonderful compendiums of pages and pages of photographs and articles on how they truly help anyone’s unwanted and 100%-expendable cats.

    realoutdoorcats . tumblr . Com /
    facebook . Com / tnrtruth /
    (remove all spaces from obfuscated-for-posting URLs)

    Enjoy!!! 🙂

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  • TNR Researcher

    Do you all have liability insurance in excess of 10 million dollars? Better get some, fast.

    Be ready for your community-vermin-cat TNR programs creating rabies outbreaks. Is the liability insurance of everyone and anyone involved able to cover costs in excess of over $10-million when you are all sued? (Not “if”, but “when”.)

    You did know, didn’t you, that giving a rabies shot to a cat that already has rabies does not cure it of rabies? Nor are rabies vaccines effective at all on the undeveloped immune systems of kittens. Google for: RABID KITTEN ADOPTED WAKE COUNTY (for just one example of hundreds of rabid cats adopted from outdoors, given their rabies shot, but still transmitting and then dying from rabies). The incubation period for rabies is, on average, from 21 to 240 days, sometimes up to 11 months, one rare case being 6 years. A vetted cat can STILL transmit rabies many months later (during the last 2 weeks before it dies of rabies, sometimes not even showing any symptoms up to the point of its death) if it was harvested from unknown rabies-exposure conditions with an unknown vaccination history. Either quarantine it for 6 or more months (at about $1,000 per month) in a government-supervised double-walled enclosure system at your OWN expense (as required by national and international pet-trade, import/export, and animal-transport laws), or euthanize it. Those are your only 2 options to be relatively certain that you will not be spreading rabies to everyone. Isn’t reality fun?

    (remove all spaces from obfuscated-for-posting URLs)
    wfla . Com / 2017 / 06 / 07 / target-8-trapped-neutered-vaccinated-and-released-rabid-cat-bites-victim-in-hillsborough-county /

    palmbeachpost . Com / news / new-stray-cat-attacks-florida-woman-forcing-rabies-shots / WxwyZW9IiWWNl8ZbKU5bxM /

    “Health officials seeking people who may have had contact with rabid kitten” – News OK – June 15, 2017 — newsok . Com / article / 5552980

    Think they’ll be able to find everyone? Well, they will, eventually. When they are found dying of rabies after they have gone “mad” and attacked others. That’s one way I guess. I wonder if all children in the area will be honest with their parents about playing with a kitten, or even remember which one — if they are lucky enough to even get asked.

    The worst incidence of human rabies exposure in US HISTORY was due to a TNR’ed feral cat colony in Concord, NH in 1994. A rabid raccoon attracted to food left out for the community-vermin cat-colony infected four of the colonies kittens with rabies–all subsequently died. But before they did the colony “caretakers” foisted them on a local pet shop, which sold them to the public. 665 people were exposed, and each one had to receive PEP inoculation. It cost that town nearly $2 million.

    In 2012 another irresponsible group of “caretakers” known as “Animal Ark” touched off another rabies exposure crisis in Carlsbad, New Mexico when some of their “community” vermin caught rabies from a skunk attracted to the cat food put out by the feeders. Only 12 people were exposed and had to be treated, but hundreds of pet cats and dogs and livestock had to be destroyed.

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  • TNR Researcher

    Those cats also need to be tested for ALL of the following diseases; or I hope the recipient of one of them that is adopted-out or someone coming in contact with their disease-infested cats sues their city, their county, their state, all legislators, any morally-corrupt veterinarians benefiting from this INHUMANE practice, and every last conniving and manipulative cat-hoarding TNR practitioner (including the owners of westender . Com who are promoting this) so deep that they never recover from it for the rest of their criminally negligent and criminally irresponsible sorry-excuses for lives. (For just one example of THOUSANDS, not long ago businesses in Miami were ruined by caretakers of feral-cats spreading hookworm in all the beaches. Lawsuits aplenty!)

    These are just the diseases these invasive species vermin cats have been spreading to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Afipia felis, Anthrax, Bartonella (Rochalimaea) henselae (Cat-Scratch Disease), Bergeyella (Weeksella) zoohelcum, Campylobacter Infection, Chlamydia psittaci (feline strain), Cowpox, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Cutaneous larva migrans, Dermatophytosis, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Neisseria canis, Pasteurella multocida, Plague, Poxvirus, Rabies, Rickettsia felis, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection (including the most dangerous new super-strain found only in cats), Scabies, Sporothrix schenckii (Sporotrichosis), Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasmosis, Trichinosis, Visceral larva migrans, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Bird-flu (H1N1, H5N1, H7N2), Bovine Tuberculosis, Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, Tularemia, Rat-Bite Fever, SARS, an antibiotic-resistant strain of Staph aureus (MRSA — Meticillin-Resistant Staph aureus) “The flesh-eating disease”, and Leishmania infantum; can now also be added to CDC’s list.

    Yes, “The Black Death” (the plague) is alive and well today and being spread by people’s cats this time around. Many people have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA; all three forms of it transmitted by CATS — septicemic, bubonic, and pneumonic. For a fun read, one of hundreds of cases, Cat-Transmitted Fatal Pneumonic Plague — ncbi . nlm . nih . Gov / pubmed / 8059908
    (remove all spaces from obfuscated-for-posting URLs)

    abcdcatsvets . Org / yersinia-pestis-infection
    “Recommendations to avoid zoonotic transmission:
    Cats are considered the most important domestic animal involved in plague transmission to humans, and in endemic areas, outdoor cats may transmit the infection to their owners or to persons caring for sick cats (veterinarians and veterinary nurses).”

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