Cove feral cat ordinance

A cat pauses as it crosses a lot at the Cedar Grove Manufactured Home Community in Copperas Cove on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.

With fewer than 50 signatures needed, time expires Monday for supporters of the petition to repeal the city’s ordinance that fines anyone who cares for feral cats.

Petitioners had 45 days from Oct. 12 to garner 486 signatures, which is 2.5 percent of the 19,000 local voters who participated in the last presidential election.

Petitioners have been collecting signatures since mid-October.

They will be at Beall’s Department Store in Cove Terrace Shopping Center off U.S. Highway 190 on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and volunteers go door to door in neighborhoods to get the remaining signatures, Patricia Gomez said.

“We definitely want to exceed the minimum number of signatures needed just in case any of the signatures are invalid,” Gomez said. “We do not want the petition thrown out because we are a few signatures short due to disqualification.”

A signature qualifies if the person signing the petition is a registered voter who lives in the Copperas Cove city limits. Approximately 75 signatures were collected last weekend.

Gomez said the goal is to get 100 more this weekend to allow a cushion for any ineligible signatures. If the signature threshold is reached, it will force the Copperas Cove City Council to reconsider the ordinance. If the council doesn’t repeal the ordinance, the item will appear for election on the May ballot.

Contact Wendy Sledd at or (254) 501-7476

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