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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — City officials are seeking a direction for the management of overcrowded pets.

Initially proposed in a Nov. 7 meeting, council members are expecting to examine an ordinance in the near future detailing the city’s approach toward the number of cats allowed in a home. While city code specifies that more than three dogs is considered a kennel and is not permitted within residential zones, there are no such regulations on cats. That has caused problems for some residents, who have found their gardens a popular destination for cats seeking a litter box.

Sandpoint resident Terry Lavallee initiated the discussion by contacting his neighbor, Councilwoman Carrie Logan, about the issue. He was concerned about the number of cats that frequented his neighborhood. According to his observations, about 15 of the animals visited his garden frequently, usually leaving unwanted mementos behind during their stay. However, he found there was little he could do about the issue. When he called city staff about the issue, he learned that there wasn’t anything to be done without some kind of ordinance in place. At the city’s suggestion, he tried contacting Panhandle Animal Shelter but learned they couldn’t accept cats due to being at maximum capacity.

Lavallee said the problem stemmed partly from city residents who feed cats but don’t take further responsibility for them. One meeting attendee who didn’t fit that profile was Claire Brouilland, who said she began feeding some of the cats and then had them vaccinated and neutered or spayed at her own expense. However, not everyone takes those kind of measures, and Lavallee said he’s seen many feral cats around the area that haven’t been spayed or neutered.

While council members noted that limited the number of cats in a household and requiring licensing for them was one option they could take, they also agreed it would be difficult to enforce. Nevertheless, they asked City Attorney Scot Campbell to look at how other cities approached the problem and draft an ordinance that fit Sandpoint’s situation.

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  • Corey Greve posted at 4:39 pm on Wed, Dec 12, 2012.

    Corey Greve Posts: 916

    Leech, BB guns are illegal in Sandpoint. I was nearly arrested once several years ago for firing my BB gun.

  • Here's What I Say posted at 11:39 am on Mon, Dec 10, 2012.

    Here's What I Say Posts: 1240

    Me Ouch! Get out your BB's. This is will go nowhere especially with all the strays that are dumped in town. When you have neighbors that feed cats outside, they also feed skunks and raccoons. Sure have a lot of those in my neighborhood too.

  • Cozy Livin posted at 9:22 am on Mon, Dec 10, 2012.

    Cozy Livin Posts: 100

    BANG! Troublesome cat problem solved. Pass out flyers to your neighbors doors explaining that they need to control their cats or in a couple weeks they'll be disappearing.

  • Corey Greve posted at 9:05 pm on Fri, Dec 7, 2012.

    Corey Greve Posts: 916

    As tired as I am of the cat mess in every nook and cranny of our yard and garden, I honestly have no faith that anything the city can do will have any effect on the issue. Not trying to be negative, just realistic.

  • wilson posted at 5:28 pm on Fri, Dec 7, 2012.

    wilson Posts: 1066

    The geese taste a lot like turkey - there is no reason people should be hungry with all that meat out there-- if the City folks want to clean up the beach, declare it a health hazard and pay a couple bucks a head - simple as that --Tell the feds to stick their stupid rules -

  • Luv83864 posted at 11:11 am on Fri, Dec 7, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    Cats are a real problem because they can't be taught. When they aren't fixed and spraying neighbors belongings, getting in cars during summer time, going Into garages during winter it's a problem. I have some very non responsive neighbors who own 4 cats they admit to. They have also told me the cats don't get along so they can't be inside at once. However my closest neighbor has a cat and we hardy ever see it. I am just saying take responsibility for your animals and we wouldn't be having this issue so often. I think it's unfair to the cats and not much of a life for them but people tend to be selfish to their own wants and needs. Dog beach is also pretty disgusting the other week when I walked down there, I do believe its from the geese as well. But they are natural and not brought into to live here like cats are a conscious decision.

  • leechstomper posted at 10:43 am on Fri, Dec 7, 2012.

    leechstomper Posts: 1437

    Geese are protected, cats are not. Can you say BB Gun? (only shoot for the butt with a minimul amounts of "pumps") Just the whiz of the projectile passing them is usually enough to spook them.

  • Jigger posted at 10:34 am on Fri, Dec 7, 2012.

    Jigger Posts: 146

    Maybe council could also address the number of geese invading City Beach Crapping on the lawn and beach.