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Feeding feral cats is now against the law

Published October 09. 2013 05:00PM

Coaldale borough council on Tuesday unanimously voted into effect a feral cat ordinance that forbids the feeding and sheltering of feral and homeless cats.

Violating the ordinance may result confiscation of the cats, fines and summary charges.

During the public comments portion of the public meeting, a woman who lives at 45 East Howard Avenue complained that her cat, which was reportedly confiscated by councilman David Yelito and animal control officer Mark Richards because it turned up in a neighbor's house, had gone missing since being seized.

Yelito was absent, so Councilman Joseph Hnat responded by asking her about the status of her home, which in last month's meeting had been the motivation for the feral cat ordinance because of complaints from neighbors regarding odor and fleas.

The woman said she was in full compliance with orders to exterminate the fleas and eliminate the odor. She said irately that her cat needs to be returned to her unharmed. The board agreed to look into it for her.

In other matters, council released a letter from the Schuylkill County Emergency Management Agency announcing free flu vaccines at the Schuylkill Mall, Frackville, from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

Council also agreed to purchase 50 tons of rock salt for about $2,900, and to reface the borough stop signs at a cost of $930.

Councilman Michael Doerr proposed implementing a street sweeper routine, but did not have sufficient information. Although the idea was generally supported, President Susan Solt urged Doerr to consider the logistics and costs. A motion was made to put into effect a street sweeping routine, but tabled until more information regarding cost, advertisement, and implementation could be compiled.

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