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Potential cat ordinance on Carbondale town council agenda

Will Grandbois

Cats are back on the agenda for the Carbondale town council meeting on Tuesday night.

At the urging of Roaring Fork Audubon Society President Mary Harris, trustees instructed staff to draft an ordinance modeled on one in Aurora, which prohibits cats from running at large, prohibits excessive numbers in a single household and requires licensing as well as spay and neutering.

The full ordinance is available on the town’s website, carbondalegov.org, as part of the meeting’s packet. It also includes a recommendation from staff that echoes some concerns discussed by trustees at the initial meeting.

“Staff has concerns about the enforcement of the proposed cat regulations and compliance with the cat licensing requirement,” it reads. “It may be more practical to strengthen our existing nuisance cat regulations and develop stronger penalties.”

The item, which has incurred both strong opposition and support in the community, is on the agenda for 7:50 p.m.

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