Utah legislation would permit shooting feral animals

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  • Kitty Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 17, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    I and my family in the last 20 years have trapped,tamed and found loving homes for over 300 feral cats, all were fixed. I do have a colony of what was once 12 cats but now is 9 (the ones that died were put to sleep by a vet)that we could not tame to were we felt safe to give them away. Our wild cats are tame to us but not to others. Even though their ears were clipped when they were fixed, sometimes people will be unable to see that from a distance.
    Free shooting of feral cats is going to have sad consequences, not only for the animal that may just get injured and suffer, but for families that may loose a beloved pet. Also bodies left to rot could cause the desease you are trying to end.
    Sometimes doing what each person is able and willing to do is better than trying to be rid the problem by death.
    I am not saying I have the answer to this problem, all I am saying is I am doing my best and giving the right to kill animals to everyone is not the answer.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    DanO- What? Is the legislature proposing to trap, neuter and release liberals? Maybe we should send them, and the feral cats to California where they can be adopted...

  • DanO Mission Viejo, CA
    Jan. 15, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    I was just reading about Salt Lake County's Trap Neuter and Release program for feral cats and wishing we had it here. Too bad the State Legislature wants to dictate something worse.

  • D A Webb Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 14, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    Why would any responsible pet owner be against this bill? Those attempting to escape personal responsibility for their pets behavior, (they assumed responsibility for its actions when they took it in)I can see where they would whine loudly, and I live in Curt Oda's District, and it seems strange that someone in Cedar City (4 hour drive) could see him in their backyard looking wild........Get real and stop the whining. To others this is a real problem and responsible pet owners will face no consequences, just the irresponsible ones might. So do what is right for your pet, and no problem, expect the rest of us to adore your pet as you do, and there will certainly be a problem. Thanks Curt Oda, for being brassy enough to tackle the problems nobody else wants to deal with, Very proud to have voted for you.

  • Sargon Skeeville, UT
    Jan. 14, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    I am not sure how the law would work considering it isn't legal to discharge a firearm in the city, and there are plenty of feril things running around.

    The best thing to do is set out a live trap and turn them into your local humane society. I have been doing this for years, and haven't seen the same one twice. Maybe that is why it is called the humane society, because it puts down all of those critters running around in the city...

  • Cedarite Cedar City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    The problem is, anyone can deem anyone's pet feral, bludgeon it and just say "I didn't know it was a pet." In Parowan, last year a guy went around shooting pet dogs including a lab he shot in front of children who were playing with it. He had a legal right to gun down dogs in city limits because he found a paw print in the mud near his sheep. It was never proven if the dogs he shot had ever been near his sheep. Neighbors with vendettas will absolutely use this as an excuse as a free for all killing pets. It has already happened, right here in rural Utah.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 14, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    This is a solid common sense clarification so that pets are still protected by "Henry's Law" but individuals are protected from harassment by animal rights extremists for humanely euthanizing their own pets, or for killing rats, rabid raccoons, or getting rid of feral animals. This is especially true in rural areas which often have packs of wild animals as a result of the nice city folks taking their unwanted pets out and dumping them in the country to ravage farm animals, or slowly starve to death, or be eaten by other predators.

    Good idea, good bill, good legislator.

  • Clark Griswold Cedar City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    I saw Oda in my backyard once, and he didn't look tame to me.

  • Cedarite Cedar City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2011 7:01 p.m.

    Keep your dog or cat inside at all times if this passes- any wacko with a vendetta or a dislike for cats or dogs will be able to kill your pet in any way they please and then use the excuse that they thought it was feral to get away scott free.