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Free roaming cats are now outlawed in Edmonds

EDMONDS, Wash. — If your cat roams free and a neighbor complains, it’s no longer just an argument — it’s now a civil violation in the city of Edmonds.

cats“I don’t think any animal should be free to roam around, domesticated animals,” Edmonds resident Robert Bradshaw said Tuesday.

“I think the whole idea of confining a cat is kind of ridiculous,” countered Edmonds resident Wendy Priest.

The City Council voted 6-1 last week to include domesticated cats among the animals that are not allowed to roam free.

“They have different social needs than dogs,” said Edmonds resident  Cheri Zehner. But she added that the issue is not about dogs versus cats.

“They use other people’s yards as their toilets,” said Zehner.

Zehner, a former health inspector, pushed for the new law.

She says cats that are loose have a higher risk of contracting diseases.

“Of course, it’s transmitted from other cats and other animals like rats,” said Zehner.

“That would have to be a feral cat, not a cat taken care of by a homeowner that’s had their checkup,” said Edmonds resident and cat lover Susie Cover.

Cover has two cats she says craves the wild.

“Smelling the plants and playing around,” said Cover.

That freedom is no more.

“Some people are allergic, they may get run over and drivers may stop in the middle of the road for a cat,” said Bradshaw.

“Then you better ban squirrels,” Priest said. “You can find arguments on both sides; I just don’t think cats are a huge issue.”

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13 Comments to “Free roaming cats are now outlawed in Edmonds”

    guest said:
    August 27, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    "cats that are loose have a higher risk of contracting diseases"

    Sarah said:
    August 27, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    “You can find arguments on both sides; I just don’t think cats are a huge issue.”

    Tell that to all the morons who let their cats roam free unfixed to get pregnant, just to ditch both pregnant mom and the babies because they dont want to deal with it.

    Mary Crosbie said:
    August 28, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    This is the most ridiculous decree I have ever seen. Just because there is someone who thinks they know best for everyone, cats are not allowed to go outdoors. And unneutered cats are a whole different issue. Don’t try to lump it all together. If u want to make it a law that u have to fix ur cat, that’s one thing. But to confine an animal who craves the outdoors is animal cruelty.

    open1337 said:
    August 28, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    You people sure know how to complain.

    JoJo said:
    August 28, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    When all those people's houses and yards become overrun with rats and mice I bet they will regret it…

    SAMDOG said:
    August 28, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    City council is crazy, this is way too much regulation in our life. Give my cat LIBERTY!

    John said:
    August 28, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    If my dog shits on your lawn it is an issue, if your cat shits in my flower bed I should just deal with it ???
    That is why they are called crazy cat people.

      JoJo said:
      August 29, 2013 at 6:18 AM

      This just in…Birds are now outlawed in Edmonds, too many of them crapping on cars

    imitaitoncrab said:
    September 8, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    This is one of those things that sound really great on paper but when it’s finally in play everyone will realize how stupid it really is. How will this enforced? Will law officials follow the animal until it goes home, Will they depend on misinformation by neighbors, or will the animal be placed in a shelter until the owner shows up to be fined? What if the owner chooses not to show up? A better more functional plan would to make chipping and fixing animals mandatory at purchase/adoption

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