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Date: 6/27/13 11:05 AM

It is commonplace to be against the law to feed feral cats. We filed a dog complaint about an animal across the street for barking and agression. The animal control officer came today and said best to let it drop or it will escalate etc. Then he notice the cat food dish on the porch and asked if we were feeding a cat (you know the cat I've been talking about) and husband said yes. And he said that is $100 fine for each time you feed it. But only if someone complains. So I guess we should stop feeding it. Unless we feed it in the back yard. So dog boy as we call him can't see it. This guy lets his doberman pinscher out at all hours. Wakes us up every weekend day at 6 am. The dog just barks and barks. Also lunges at people when they walk by if owner isn't holding him. This is the second time we complained. I'm sick of it but officer said not much we can do.

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Subject: Feral cats, the feeding of Date: 6/27/13 11:21 AM

Guessing it could be the dog is a pet and has been tagged for registration as well as for shots required by the health department and strays (cats or dogs) are not.

Feed the cat in the back of the house where the dog as well as general public cannot see it.

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Date: 6/27/13 12:21 PM

That's what we are probably going to do. It pisses me off that he can disturb the peace and scare the neighborhood children and residents and we can't feed a hungry cat. We've been feeding it for a month now and no one has complained. Just like our next door neighbor let's her cat run free also a violation of the lease laws in our county.

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Date: 6/27/13 12:39 PM

Continue to feed the cat in your yard, and continue to complain about an aggressive dog. The dog is a tragedy waiting to happen.


What the heck is that animal control officer thinking, beside the fact that HE doesn't want to follow up with the dog owner? You and the cat are easier targets.
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Date: 6/27/13 12:47 PM

He wasn't concerned about the cat, he was just saying if dog boy saw it he could complain about us. While my husband was on the phone with me telling me all this, his next door neighbor came out and got into a fight with the animal control officer which I'm sure didn't help his case. But now my husband is pissed off, that my dd's is upset about the cat and I'm taking all the heat. I just wish I had never of filed the complaint now. If only I had remembered to take in the cat bowl last night.

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Date: 6/27/13 12:55 PM

I hope you document everything. It might help to record the barking and play it back to the owner with a log of the incidents. Sometimes people think neighbors are just being fussy. Plus, sound carries in weird ways-perhaps the owner cannot hear the dog barking when he is inside the house.

What a nuisance! Document and continue to file complaints. Can you also let your councilperson know? Here in Oregon, that person reports to City Council and the Mayor. They are elected and are responsible for certain areas of the city.

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Date: 6/27/13 1:28 PM

Contact a feral cat rescue and get on their list to capture and take them to vet services. Then no one can complain because you're pet rescue.

We have a business that has 20 stray cats at his property and he feeds them all. I get the bleed over, and right now, my feral cat has changed. The last one I finally tamed down, and he found her a home. We've gotten complaints, and this was the solution that the businessman used; I was just "helping" since I had the time to work with the more hard cases.

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Date: 6/27/13 1:38 PM

I kinda of wished we'd never started feeding it. I thought it would become friendlier towards us and we could handle it, take to vets etc. But it still won't come very close to us.

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Date: 6/27/13 2:04 PM

We've been feeding a scared cat that one way or the other lost its home recently.

Less scared now but still extremely wary.

We hope to get him to a vet soon. And hope he won't run away from us for the rest of his life after that.

And your neighbor and his dog...isn't there something about some people and their guard dogs?????
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Date: 6/27/13 2:58 PM

Feral cats are just a bad situation for all parties. They contract disease, are never really healthy, get hit, beaten up by other cats and dogs...and on and on. They're not truly wild, so they're not adapted to survive in the wild and as a result live miserable existences unless someone feeds them. But by feeding them you're keeping a population just enough alive to reproduce and make more.
In addition, native bird populations are in major, serious decline. Mostly due to habitat loss, but cats play a large part in their demise.
It's not fair to the cats to have domesticated them, then expect them to be able to thrive in feral communities. They either need to be wholly under the care of a person and kept in the house, or taken out of the environment, either to a shelter or euthanized. Frankly, a lot of these cats are better off not existing at all given the dangers and half-healthy existences they lead.

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