[Adopted 5-27-1997 by Ord. No. 9597-10 (§§ 4 3/4-11 to 4 3/4-16 of the 1974 Code)]
In accordance with Public Act No. 96-243, C.G.S. § 22-339d, the Town of Newington enacts this article to regulate the keeping of feral cats and to establish procedures for the Animal Control Officer to follow incident to his duties with respect thereto. The purpose of this article is to promote the public health and welfare relating to the control of the spread of the rabies virus, animal overpopulation, and property damage as it relates to domestic and feral cats.
As used in this article the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- FERAL CAT
- A free-roaming domestic cat which is not owned.
- Any person or organization harboring, regularly feeding or having in his or its possession any feral cat. Refusal to permit any Animal Control Officer to impound a feral cat shall be deemed evidence of keeping.
Within one year of the adoption of this article, a keeper of feral cats within the Town shall register with the Animal Control Officer for the Town.
When a keeper registers with the Animal Control Officer, the Animal Control Officer shall provide information to the keeper regarding the proper care and management of feral cats.
A keeper of feral cats shall provide for the vaccination of such cats against rabies pursuant to C.G.S. § 22-339b.
A keeper of feral cats shall provide for the sterilization of such cats. A keeper shall be considered an eligible owner for purposes of the animal population control program established under C.G.S. §§ 22-380c to 22-380m, inclusive, provided that such cats are adopted from a municipal pound.
No person owning or keeping any cat shall permit such animal to:
The Animal Control Officer may take into custody any cat found to be damaging the property other than property of its owner or keeper or causing an unsanitary, dangerous or unreasonably offensive condition unless such cat can be identified as under the care of its owner or a registered keeper of feral cats.
The Animal Control Officer shall impound a cat that he has taken into custody at the Town pound unless, in the opinion of a licensed veterinarian, the cat is so injured or diseased that it should be destroyed immediately, in which case the Animal Control Officer may cause the cat to be mercifully killed by a licensed veterinarian or disposed of as the State Veterinarian may direct.
The Animal Control Officer shall immediately notify the owner or keeper of any cat so taken, if known, of its impoundment. If the owner or keeper of any such cat is unknown, the Animal Control Officer shall immediately tag or employ such other suitable means of identification of the cat as may be approved by the Chief Canine Control Officer and shall promptly cause a description of such cat to be published once in the lost and found column of a newspaper having a circulation in the Town.
If such cat is not claimed by and released to the owner or keeper within seven days after the date of publication, the Animal Control Officer, upon finding such cat to be in satisfactory health, may sell such cat to any person who satisfies such Officer that he is purchasing it as a pet and that he can give it a good home and proper care. The Animal Control Officer may retain possession of such cat for such additional period of time as he may deem advisable in order to place such cat as a pet.
If, within such period, any cat is not claimed by and released to the owner or keeper or purchased as a pet, the Animal Control Officer shall cause such cat to be mercifully killed by a licensed veterinarian or disposed of as the State Veterinarian may direct.
Any cat captured or impounded under the provisions of Subsection A of this section shall be redeemed by the owner or keeper thereof, or the agent of such owner or keeper, upon proper identification and presentation to the Animal Control Officer of a license, tag or other means of identification for such cat, and upon the payment by such owner or keeper or his agent of:
When the owner or keeper of any such impounded cat fails to redeem such cat within 24 hours after receiving notification to do so, or, where the owner was unknown, within 24 hours after notification was effected by means of publication in a newspaper, such owner or keeper shall pay, in addition to such redemption fee and the cost of advertising, the amount determined by the Animal Control Officer to be the full cost of detention and care of such impounded cat.
Any person who has violated § 153-14 of this article shall be fined $25 for each violation. Such fine is in addition to any fees collected as provided in § 153-15 of this article. Each day that a violation occurs or continues shall constitute a separate offense. The Animal Control Officer or his agent shall issue a notice of violation to the violator. Such notice of violation shall state the nature of the violation, the amount of the fine to be paid, and an answer date by which the fine must be paid. Unless a plea of not guilty is entered by the answer date given on the notice of violation, failure to pay the fine by the date provided in the notice shall cause the amount of the fine to triple. Payment shall be made to the Town of Newington.
Any owner or keeper of any impounded cat who fails to redeem such cat within 120 hours after receiving notification to do so pursuant to this article shall be in violation of this article and shall be fined and issued a notice of violation in conformance with the procedure for a violation of § 153-14, as set forth in Subsection A above.