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Feeding stray cats could become illegal in Sylvania

SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Feeding stray cats could soon be a crime in Sylvania. The city is considering an ordinance that would ban feeding the animals.

Those who live near the intersection of Woodland Lane and Vicksburg Drive, just off of Brint Road say someone has been feeding cats, which is causing problems. Now they want the city to ban feeding stray cats.

"They're urinating and – feces in everybody's yards. When you try to garden, it's just a big mess," said Judy Twiss, who lives on Woodland Lane.

Twiss says traps have been placed, but have gone missing. She wants the city to make feeding stray cats illegal.

"I think it's a great idea. There's nobody that loves animals more than me, but I also believe in control," said Twiss.

Sylvania's law director says if the law is passed, offenders would be cited with a minor misdemeanor on the first offence. The third offense could mean a fine of more than $700 and jail time.

The city is looking at a similar ordinance passed by the city of Twinsburg, Ohio.   

She is in favor of creating the ordnance to control the problem.

"This feeding situation seems to concentrate the problems, and has exacerbated the problem throughout the neighborhood. So, if we can do away with the feeding, we won't do away with the problem, we will disperse the problem," said City Councilman Doug Hyanam.

A woman who claims to be at the center of the controversy says she has two outdoor cats, and that she feeds them outdoors because a family member has allergies. She says she has not been harboring stray cats, and that she is actually working with Humane Ohio to try and find homes for the cats.

Sylvania City Council will discuss the ordinance at their June 2 meeting.

Click here to read a letter from the Alley Cat Allies to the city of Toledo.

Click here to read the Humane Ohio Statement on the issue.

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