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Moffat County looks at cat laws

Josh Nichols

County officials are having preliminary discussions on adopting a new ordinance because Shadow Mountain residents are complaining that their neighborhood is being overrun with cats.

Moffat County Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg said the department is receiving complaints about cats in the area but said deputies do not have any authority to take action.

The county only has a dog ordinance it can enforce but nothing for cats, he said.

County Attorney Kathleen Taylor was asked to study the dog ordinance but the law, she said, is complicated with about four different amendments.

The county wants to update its ordinance so it is similar to the city’s regulation, she said.

At Wednesday’s Moffat County commissioner’s meeting, Taylor proposed that a workshop be held with the city of Craig to discuss how the animal control officer can be used to deal with issues in the county.

Right now, Hoberg said the animal control officer handles situations at Shadow Mountain when she is not busy in the city.

Representatives from the animal shelter, city and county need to be involved in drafting a new ordinance, Taylor said.

Considerations would have to be made about what kind of an impact adopting a new ordinance would have on resources in place for dealing with stray animals, Taylor said.

“If we amend the ordinance to include cats, we’re going to get a huge influx of cats at the shelter and somebody is going to have to pay for it,” she said.

Hoberg agreed.

“If this happens, everybody is going to want us to pick up stray cats and the shelter won’t be able to handle all of them,” he said.

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.


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