Ordinance #493-Feral/Unowned Cats for Public Review

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AN ORDINANCE ENACTING A NEW SECTION 4-1-23 OF CHAPTER 1, TITLE IV  OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE, MADRID IOWA, AND FIXING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Madrid, Iowa has determined that a process of humanely trapping, sterilizing, vaccinating for rabies, ear tipping, and returning cats to their original location is an effective and humane way to manage the population of feral and unowned cats within the City; and

WHEREAS, the City Council has determined that this process, known as Trap-Neuter-Return, is the preferred approach for managing the feral and unowned cat population, and that Trap-Neuter-Return shall be the prioritized disposition for any impounded community cats;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MADRID IOWA, AS FOLLOWS:

  1. SECTION A. That a new Section 4-1-23 of Chapter 1, Title IV, of the Municipal Code, Madrid, Iowa, is hereby enacted:

SECTION 4-1-23: MANAGEMENT OF CAT POPULATION; PERMITTED ACTS.

    1. Definitions. For purposes of this Section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
      1. Community Cat” shall mean a free-roaming unowned cat which may or may not be feral.
      2. Community Cat Caregiver” shall mean a person, whose identify may be known or unknown, who provides care, including, food, shelter or medical care to a community cat, while not being considered the owner, harborer, controller, or keeper of a community cat.
      3. Ear tipping” shall mean the removal of the distal one-quarter of a community cat’s left ear, which is approximately 3/8-inch, or 1 cm, in an adult and proportionally smaller in a kitten. This procedure is performed under sterile conditions while the cat is under anesthesia, in compliance with any applicable federal or state law, and under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Ear tipping is intnded to identify a community cat as having been sterilized and lawfully vaccinated for rabies.
      4. Trap-Neuter-Return” shall mean the process of humanely trapping, sterilizing, vaccinating for rabies, ear tipping, and returning community cats to their original location. in accordance with and pursuant to a policy of Trap-Neuter-Return,
    2. Permitted Acts. The following actions shall be permitted in Madrid, Iowa, as part of Trap-Neuter-Return:
      1. Live humane trapping, for the sole purpose of sterilizing, vaccinating for rabies, and ear tipping community cats, in compliance with any applicable federal or state law, under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, and in collaboration with the Boone Area Humane Society.
      2. An ear tipped cat that is live trapped may be released where trapped unless veterinary care is required. Persons who release a trapped ear tipped cat shall not be deemed to have abandoned the cat.
      3. An ear tipped cat requiring veterinary care preferentially will be released to Boone Area Humane Society.  An ear tipped cat requiring veterinary care may be taken to any licensed veterinarian for treatment at the personal expense of the person in custody of the cat.
      4. Ear tipped cats who are permanently distressed by disease or injury to a degree that would result in severe and prolonged suffering shall be released to Boone Area Humane Society for humane euthanasia.  In the alternative, such cats may be euthanized by any licensed veterinarian at the personal expense of the person in custody of the cat or euthanized as provided in Iowa Code 717B.2.10.
      5. Community cat caregivers may seek to reclaim impounded community cats without proof of ownership solely for the purpose of carrying out Trap-Neuter-Return and/or returning ear tipped community cats to their original locations.
      6. Every reasonable effort shall be made to locate the lawful owner of any trapped cat that is not ear tipped.  This shall include but not be limited to checking for microchips, tattoos, and collars.  Trapped cats shall be released to Boone Area Humane Society in accordance with the requirements of Madrid Code of Ordinances Chapter 4 Section 1.
      7. Trap-Neuter-Return shall be the preferred disposition for impounded community cats. Animal control and the local shelter are authorized and encouraged to conduct Trap-Neuter-Return or to direct impounded community cats to a Trap-Neuter-Return program.
  1. SECTION B. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby expressly repealed.
  2. SECTION C. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after the date of its passage.

A Public Hearing on this matter was held on September 7, 2019 in the Council Chamber at Madrid City Hall.

 

This ordinance shall be effect from and after its final passage and publication as provided by law.

 

Upon a motion by Councilperson _______________to approve the second reading and waive the third reading of Ordinance #493, Mayor Brown asked for a roll call with the following results:

 

Ayes: __________________

Nays:_________________________

 

Whereby Mayor Thomas Brown declared the ordinance passed this 7th Day of September, 2019, and ordered the City Clerk to publish Ordinance # 493 as required by law.

 

 

 

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