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Ended Oct 25, 2013
Here we go again. The incompetent management skills of the Town of Salina and its disdain for cat- owning taxpayers surfaces yet again. This time, the bullying on the part of the Town has gone so far that our attorney is actually petitioning the ...
Here we go again. The incompetent management skills of the Town of Salina and its disdain for cat- owning taxpayers surfaces yet again. This time, the bullying on the part of the Town has gone so far that our attorney is actually petitioning the court to get “visitation rights” for four cats being held at the CNY SPCA. Theater of the absurd? Absolutely.
This time “the cat problem” is on Thomas Drive. This has been a problem area for years, but one woman saw the problem, and decided to do something about it. Over the past 10 years she has trapped some 32 cats and kittens, adopting out those who were tame. The remainder have been neutered, vaccinated, and returned to their territory. She could have simply ignored the problem or complained about it, as her neighbors did, but her successful “TNR” (trap-neuter-return, used for feral or “community” cats) program reduced the neighborhood population from 32 cats to 7. Apparently, that wasn’t good enough.
Four of this woman’s neutered, vaccinated cats were trapped by the town because a neighbor complained about cat feces on lawns. Several other cats have been trapped as well, including known pets. All of these cats were taken to the CNY SPCA.
If a cat is feral, or merely frightened, it will be kept for five days before being killed. This is in a day and age when any progressive shelter, knowing that feral cats are “unadoptable,” refuses to even take them because they know the only thing that can be done is to kill them. Pet cats, if the owners don’t pay $170 to get them back within five days, are considered to be “relinquished” and may be put up for adoption or killed. One pet cat last year was discovered by his owner just as his time was up. Though he was microchipped, neither the ACO nor SPCA personnel bothered to check. So terrified that he couldn’t be handled, he was classified as unadoptable and slated for death.
The Town makes no attempt to find or contact owners about trapped cats, but be prepared to pay $170 to the Town to redeem your pet—even though it was lured into a trap by the Town with no proof that any laws were broken. You will receive no warning of any complaint about your cat, which would allow you to keep the cat in and/or attempt to resolve the problem. You will not get your day in court to defend yourself, and no proof is required that you or your cat did anything wrong whatsoever. In fact, courts are not even involved. Your pet can be seized with no due process and you have to pay. If you don’t have $170, it can be killed with no further ado.
The account will fund the ransom of the cats out of the SPCA. They will go to a rural location owned by a friend who understands and supports TNR. Here they will be safe. Any monies collected will be put in escrow until the cats are “sprung.”
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