Casper City Council amends feral cat feeding ban

Published: Sep. 1, 2020 at 10:59 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Casper City council made multiple amendments to the proposed ban to feed feral cats.

Khrystyn Lutz, Vice Mayor, issued an amendment that would have people responsible for feeding the feral animals.

“A keeper of the feral cat or feral dog shall be deemed the animal’s owner and should be responsible for the health of such animals and liable for the damage created by such animals,” Lutz said.

Another amendment made is one that allows animals to be turned into Metro Animal Shelter, the Casper Humane Society or a separate organization that offers trap neuter return services.

They passed an amendment that dogs can be tethered for two hours in a fenced yard in a 24 hour period or tethered in a non-fenced yard for 10 hours in a 24 hour period.

Kenneth Bates, Ward II Councilmember, suggested enforcing this with trail cameras.

Mayor Steve Freel said he was against purchasing trail cameras.

Now there won’t be any criminal charges for people who feed feral cats. Shawn Johnson, Ward II Council Member, said criminal punishments aren’t always the answer.

“I reject the notion that making a criminal law for everything is the answer because it’s not,” Johnson said.

A handful of council members noted at the beginning of the meeting they received emails from members of Alley Cat Allies, a national animal non-profit.

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