Eureka Police Capt. Brian Stephens and Animal Management Officer Celeste Villarreal tackle the Eureka Metropolis Council throughout Tuesday night time’s assembly | Screenshot from Zoom assembly

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Throughout its Tuesday night time assembly the Eureka Metropolis Council unanimously handed an up to date animal ordinance, which the Eureka Police Animal Management division has been engaged on for years.

Along with updating the categories and variety of pets residents can personal and creating extra particular guidelines for correct animal care, the ordinance now additionally — on the request of council — requires cats to be vaccinated for rabies.

Cats have been one of many important focuses of the council’s dialogue, with a number of council members expressing concern over the dearth of restrictions on cat possession in Eureka. In contrast to canines, there isn’t any requirement for cats to be licensed and through a public workshop held final month in regards to the animal ordinance, some neighborhood members introduced up considerations over the feral cat inhabitants and out of doors cats killing native songbirds.

“I believe cats needs to be registered,” Councilmember Scott Bauer mentioned throughout Tuesday’s assembly. “We’re primarily releasing 1000’s of tiny, cute predators throughout the panorama with plenty of repercussions.”



This “tiny, cute predator” is now legally required to have a rabies vaccine in Eureka | Photograph: Stephanie McGeary

Eureka Animal Management Officer Celeste Villarreal and EPD Captain Brian Stephens defined to the council that, due to the big variety of unlicensed cats within the metropolis, it could be very tough to impose a requirement for each cat to be licensed and that trying to regulate the variety of unregistered cats may lead to an overburden on native shelters and the euthanization of many cats.

The up to date ordinance does additionally tackle this situation a little bit with the “Cat Fancier” license part, Villarreal mentioned, which requires homeowners of greater than three cats to acquire a particular license from the Metropolis. (The ordinance additionally requires a “Canine Fancier” license for homeowners of greater than three canines, and an “Unique Animal Fancier” license for homeowners of greater than 10 amphibians, reptiles or parrots.)

After some dialogue the council agreed that the town may tackle among the security considerations surrounding the cat inhabitants by including a bit requiring that each one cats be vaccinated for rabies.

Some council members additionally had considerations in regards to the “fancier” licenses part that states an animal management officer could enter and examine the proprietor’s property at any time throughout regular enterprise hours.

Captain Stephens defined that present regulation would require the officer to request permission to enter the property and if the individual refuses, the officer would want to acquire a warrant. Councilmember Kati Moulton requested a pleasant modification to the ordinance that added language clarifying this reality and the council unanimously authorised.

On the suggestion of EPD Chief Steve Watson,  the modification will say one thing alongside the strains of “nothing on this part is meant to supersede present Fourth Modification or state regulation concerning search and seizure.” 

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