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Mayor's Office

Posted on: October 17, 2019

Mayor Read speaks about Local Law 5 of 2019

The Common Council clearly conveyed to me and stated during their discussion prior to approval that Local Law P-5 of 2019, "Dogs and Cats at Large", that the law is not intended to impede Trap Neuter Vaccinate Release programs, nor the occasional feeding of a stray cat. The plain language of the Local Law requires possession and control to presume ownership, and relies on complaint-driven enforcement. Accordingly, as Mayor, I have directed the public safety departments of the City to focus enforcement only following a public complaint over owners of domesticated indoor cats who allow their animals to stray off their property and cause damage to the property of another, or who abandon their animals. Meanwhile, the City shall continue to develop and support programs to ensure all owners of domesticated animals demonstrate responsible pet ownership, without restraining the compassion of those who care for animals when their rightful owner would not.

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