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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Going after cats

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Cats that bite could be declared dangerous and banned from the city under an ordinance drafted by Little Rock Animal Services — a law likely to generate a few hisses at a public hearing set for 6:30 Wednesday at the Adult Leisure Center on 12th Street.

“Up in the Heights area we have this cat up there that has bitten before, and I’m at a loss as to what I can do,” Animal Services head Tracy Roark said.

The ordinance was scratched out by a subcommittee of the agency’s advisory board and approved in December. It is not a leash law — cats would be allowed to roam under the ordinance. But outdoor cats would have to be spayed or neutered and microchipped; the chips would allow control officers to distinguish pets from strays during sweeps of feral cats.

Animal Services will hold a second hearing, same time same place, on Jan. 28.

Roark said Bryant and Conway require that cats go outside only on leashes.

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