Trion Council Declines To Back ‘Cat Ordinance’ PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 March 2018 11:23


Staff Writer
The sounds of silence met Trion Mayor Larry Stansell’s call on Thursday for a motion in support of a first reading of a “tethering ordinance” he had proposed for the town. None of the four council members present – Councilwoman Becky McWhorter was absent – put a motion forward.
The failure of the proposed ordinance did not sit well with Trion resident Brenda Cooper.
“I am disappointed,” said Cooper, who said she also owns nine rental houses in the town. “I have suffered expensive damage to vehicles because of cats. They damage flower beds and they leave a terrible smell. That’s why I don’t allow indoor or outdoor pets at any of my properties.”
Cooper said she is deeply frustrated by the failure of pet owners to properly police their animals.
“I shouldn’t have to deal with this when I have no animals,”
she said. “People who own cats seem to think they have the run of the neighborhood.”
Stansell told The News on Monday that he plans to bring a revised ordinance before the council.
“I’ll bring it back with the cat portions taken out,” he said. “I think I’ve got 100 percent support of the tethering ordinance.”
Last month Stansell suggested that council replace its current animal control ordinance with one modeled on one used by Cedartown. That ordinance prohibits tethering: “It shall be unlawful for any owner of a domestic animal to chain, tie, fasten or otherwise tether the animal to dog houses, trees, fences, vehicles, or other stationary objects as a means of confinement except as the animal may be temporarily confined by a tether while attended by its owner.”
Stansell said the Cedartown ordinance also has requirements about the size of the shelter the animal owner is required to provide.
The mayor is looking at other options in what to do about cats.
“I have been researching cat ordinances and what I have found is that it’s a keg of worms,” he said. 
But we’ve got to come up with an answer.”
When Stansell first discussed strengthening the town’s existing animal control laws, the emphasis was on dogs. Adding cats to the mix by requiring that they be kept on their owner’s property and insisting they have a rabies tag and a tag identifying the owner (including address and phone number) may have been more than council was ready to approve.
Even City Attorney Albert Palmour seemed surprised that the ordinance was aimed at cats.
“I’ve never seen a cat ordinance,” he said.
But Mayor Stansell was adamant that cats should be included and that “all animals should be contained to the property of their owner.”
Before the mayor asked for a motion, Councilman Mickey McGraw said he had mixed feelings about the proposal but that he would “go along with what the rest of the council wanted to do.”
Councilman Jeff Wilson told Cooper that he recognized the problems she was facing and said that he too disliked having to deal with problems associated with neighbors’ cats.
But neither Wilson nor any other council members asked for the motion to go forward.

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