City of Utica holds codes meeting regarding Feral Cat Issue

Utica Councilman Joseph Betrus Jr said the purpose of the meeting was to bring the issue to the people's attention.

Posted: May 6, 2020 11:21 PM
Updated: May 6, 2020 11:25 PM

UTICA N.Y.-The City of Utica held a codes meeting Wednesday night to address the Feral Cat Issue in the City.

Utica Councilman Joseph Betrus Jr prepared an ordinance with the common council attorney that proposes fines for feeding feral cats.

However, the common council is not looking to put any fines out at this time.

Betrus said the purpose of the meeting was to bring the issue to the people's attention.

"It was more about bringing attention to the people, the people's needs who've had their property damaged and have lived with the inconvenience of having large cat populations in their neighborhood." said Betrus. "These issues are a handful of issues, but they are major issues, and then we need to address, and I can see by the response and talking to a lot of you (the citizens) that we are on the right path." Betrus added.

Wednesday the commitee decided not to move forward with any legislation at this time, and would like to deal with the situation in a humane way.

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