Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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August 23, 2010

Russell cat ordinance OK'd

Felines must be licensed and kept indoors or leashed

RUSSELL — Cat owners here will have to keep their cats indoors or face the consequences.

The city council Monday adopted an ordinance calling for licensing of cats and mandating felines be kept indoors or leashed.

The ordinance also requires owners whose cats defecate publicly to clean up or face fines.

Under the ordinance, each cat will have to be licensed, and licenses will cost $6 per year, the same as dogs. Cats will have to wear license tags on collars or be implanted with an identification microchip.

The city will buy a scanner the animal control officer will use to read the chips.

The city animal control officer will pick up loose cats, whether tagged or not, and take them to the animal shelter, Mayor William Hopkins said. If an impounded cat has a tag or has been microchipped, the city will notify the owner immediately, giving the owner time to pick up the cat.

The owner will have to pay a $3 fee plus a shelter fee to reclaim the cat. Cats at the animal shelter are subject to euthanasia after seven days.

The penalty for failing to license a cat is $50 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent offenses. The penalty for failing to clean up after a cat is the same.

Households are limited to three cats and cat kennels are not permitted, but licensed veterinary clinics are exempt.

The council introduced the ordinance in July after discussion of problems with feral cats and abandoned cats, mostly in the downtown area.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

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