Last Modified: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 10:01 AM
WELSH — The stray cat population is becoming such a nuisance that residents are complaining and the animal control officer cannot keep up, a town official said.
“There is no sense in the number of cats we have running around town,” Alderman Allen Ardoin said. “There are so many loose cats that people can’t plant a garden because the cats turn them into a litter box.”
Twenty-one cats were recently removed from the old Marcantel’s building.
“But the next day someone had thrown another one out,” he said. “They are really becoming a nuisance.”
Town officials always concentrate on dogs and dog owners with little attention given to cats, Ardoin said.
“Cats can be just as much of a problem, especially because they roam so much … they are everywhere,” he said. “Somebody needs to accept responsibility for their own animals.”
The town has a leash law that requires dogs to be on a leash, and officials are considering a proposal to make it illegal to ride or walk horses in certain areas of town. But few measures cover cats.
As part of Tuesday’s animal discussions, Alderman Charles Drake urged the council to include provisions in its new dog ordinance to require pet owners to pay for housing and the euthanizing of animals.
Town Clerk Linda LeBlanc said ordinances already require the owners to pay $5 per day to house the animals and an initial $50 impoundment fee after a dog attacks a person. There are no provisions for owners to pay for the euthanizing of the animals.
Officials also discussed ways to make dog owners responsible for disposing of their pets’ droppings.
Alderwoman Becky Hudson said owners should be urged to use plastic bags to pick up the waste, especially on public property.
She said New Orleans has monetary penalties and community service for violators. Enforcement of a similar ordinance would be “a nightmare” in Welsh, according to Ardoin.
Posted By: KB On: 8/25/2013
Title: Same Issue Downtown LC
In downtown Lake Charles area the same problem exists. Even getting in contact with animal control, they advised the only possible solution was to rent a trap ($25-35) and catch the cats yourself. As there are too many problems with that "solution" to list, the core of the issue is there needs to be an SPCA extension in Southwest Louisiana. I wish there were more logical solutions or for articles like this, tips which can help to prevent cats migrating to prime areas.
Posted By: P.Q. On: 8/21/2013
Title: No cats More rats.
They will kill all the cats then the rats will take over and we will be back at square 1. Next they will complain about the bird p00p but the cats are all gone :)