Antioch bans feeding wild, abandoned cats

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Updated: 4/09/2014 11:39 pm

ANTIOCH, Calif. (AP) — Anyone who feeds wild cats on public property will be breaking the law, according to a new ordinance passed in a small San Francisco Bay Area city.

The Antioch city council voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve an animal ordinance that bans feeding feral and abandoned cats.

The city's growing feral cat population had become a problem in recent months, with some residents putting out food on sidewalks and other right-of-ways. Opponents of the feeding ban wanted the city to create a trap, neuter and return program. Mayor Pro Tem Mary Rocha says city staff also should explore alternatives, including establishing feeding stations in a controlled area.

The Contra Costa County Times reports once the ordinance becomes law in 30 days, people who have more than five cats on a property will need to get a permit.

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