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Reader claims Cove’s city staff blocking feral cat plan

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Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013 4:30 am

To the Editor:

Reference letter to the Editor, “Feral cats adding to rabies problem” (June 23 KDH).

It’s no wonder the city has not taken the writer seriously. How do you know these cats are feral, abandoned, not someone’s pet or not vaccinated?

Like all cities there will be cats, and in Copperas Cove, pet cats are allowed outside. This is not the fault of Cove Animal Control. Catching and killing all the cats in Cove is not an answer or possible.

The real problem is that the city has no feral cat plan. In four years of City Council meetings and Animal Advisory Committee meetings, plans to reduce the number of cats in Cove plus steps to fix and vaccinate the remaining feral cats has gone nowhere because of city staff.

Why? Because staff has been paying the council, city manager, humane organizations and residents of Cove back because four years ago they were replaced by two ad hoc committees.

They were replaced because they were not doing their job. Most have quit, retired, resigned, changed jobs or decided to see how long they can stall a feral cat plan no matter how much it hurts the city.

In four years, staff has not come up with one valid reason for not having a city feral cat plan.

We have residents all over Cove working with feral cats and reducing the numbers without any help from staff.

One vet clinic alone from Dec. 4 to March 1, fixed, vaccinated and returned to Cove 69 cats. These were both pets and feral cats. That means that 170 kittens will not be born on the streets of Cove.

If you want to help reduce the number of cats in Cove, then contact the council and tell them to instruct the city manager to get her staff in line with what the council told all concerned to do at the Dec. 4 meeting.

As far as cat scratch fever goes, you would have a better chance of winning the lottery.

George Fox

President, Assisi Animal Refuge

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7 comments:

  • George Fox posted at 10:35 am on Fri, Jul 5, 2013.

    George Fox Posts: 14

    Now you are telling us a lie James. People that abuse animals are kin to those that abuse kids. We do not put any stock in anything said by a animal abuser or a child molester. Have a good day down on the coast.

     
  • George Fox posted at 11:35 am on Thu, Jul 4, 2013.

    George Fox Posts: 14

    Nature-Advocate, Are you t the one that was convicted of killing a cat James?

     
  • Kitten posted at 10:08 pm on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Kitten Posts: 6

    How funny, seeing that you were convicted of shooting and killing a feral cat. Go spread your BS somewhere else.

     
  • Kitten posted at 10:07 pm on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Kitten Posts: 6

    I wish it was that simple. Too many irresponsible people that could care less about the laws or even the welfare of their pets. If it was that simple we would not be having this discussion.

     
  • Kitten posted at 10:03 pm on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Kitten Posts: 6

    Ignore Nature_Advocate...he is a troll that has been convicted of killing cats. He has been telling everyone to put out antifreeze to kill cats, etc. Since his conviction, he has been looking for anything about feral cats so to spread his gospel of death to all. He will do anything and say anything to upset anyone protecting the cats.

     
  • Michaela Ramos posted at 9:38 pm on Sun, Jun 30, 2013.

    Michaela Ramos Posts: 4

    here we go, another plan.... kill all the cats. Nature_Advocate....I am not going to try and give you a heart for them. But you so call plan, kill them all, ain't going to work. No, let' not play wild west and run around in the parks and the city with a gun killing cats. Come on, really? It is against Texas Law. You can't just do that. Texas Penal Code Sec. 42.092. CRUELTY TO NONLIVESTOCK ANIMALS.b) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly: 2) without the owner's effective consent, kills, administers poison to, or causes serious bodily injury to an animal; And no, no discharging a firearm within city limits. You will probably hurt somebody. Nobody is hoarding here. Hoarders do not spay and neuter and give the cats up. N= Neuter, R= release. If you are so worried about rabies and what not, give you some advice, just stay away. There are other animals in the park/ city roaming around, pooping, peeing, rabies carrying beasts! Come up with something that can be done.
    The other plan offered so far was... do nothing. What is that supposed to do against the population and rabies?

     
  • ray posted at 7:39 am on Sun, Jun 30, 2013.

    ray Posts: 17

    It is simple. Control your pet. If you cant you should lose it. All pet owners are legaly obligated to lock it up or leash it up. If your pet is outside and not fenced or leashed it is a stray