County may address cat problem |

County may address cat problem

Josh Nichols

Moffat County Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg has approached the county to pass a resolution regarding the control of area cats.

An area of concern is Shadow Mountain Village, he said, which is under the jurisdiction of the Moffat County Sheriff’s Department.

“There’s a lot of stray cats but I suspect a lot of it is people just letting their cats out at night,” he said. “Somebody just called and complained but we informed them that we only have an ordinance for dogs. We need an ordinance that includes all animals.”

When people call and complain about cats outside of the city, officers can’t take action because there is nothing in writing saying they have the authority to do so, Hoberg said.

The dog ordinance in the

county needs to be updated and changed to incorporate cats, Hoberg said.

He asked Moffat County Attorney Kathleen Taylor to look into the dog ordinance currently in place.

“There is an ordinance with three or four amendments,” she said. “It’s very cumbersome and has not been amended since 1982. Hopefully we can get something similar to the city’s ordinance so we have coordination.”

The ordinance also needs to clarify the responsibilities of the animal control officer in the county, she said.

In a memorandum to the Moffat County commissioners, Taylor said, “There is an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Craig that dates back to July 18,1978, and provides that the city animal control officer will serve as animal control warden for the county. This agreement, if still in force, needs revision as well.”

Fines would be put in place to enforce the new ordinance, Hoberg said.

He said it would likely be placed on a progressive scale in which people might be fined $10 for a first offense, with increasing fines for each offense thereafter.

Taylor said she and Hoberg plan to sit down and discuss what needs to be accomplished with the new ordinance.

“Basically what we’re trying to do is make people responsible pet owners,” Hoberg said.

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