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Gering Working on Law Changes to Address Feral Cat, Pet-at-Large Issues

Gering Working on Law Changes to Address Feral Cat, Pet-at-Large Issues

Gering city staff is working on proposed changes to ordinances in an effort to address a number of difficult animal- and pet-related issues confronting residents.

How to get control of feral cats in the community was the primary focus of Tuesday’s Public Safety Committee meeting, as well as potential changes in the laws regarding pets at large and a maximum number of animals per household.

Committee Chair Dan Smith told KNEB News the key to any changes to city ordinances will be finding something that’s enforceable. “You can make a lot of different ordinances, but you’re putting a lot upon police officers that maybe they’re not equipped to deal with, they don’t have the resources,” says Smith. “So, I think that’s a big part of it, is something that as a community we can enforce.”

Gering staff members are working with interested citizens, the Panhandle Humane Society and nearby communities to find solutions that can be placed into law.

Smith tells us what may work for one animal owner might not do for another, so it will likely take months and a lot of discussion before changes are proposed to the city council.

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