A. Do you feed stray cats that wander along sidewalks or alleyways?
Did you know that’s violating a county ordinance? Yes, you can be stuck with a $25 citation per stray cat that you feed, said Capt. Kenneth Sarvis of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, which supervises the county’s animal control services.
According to a county ordinance, it is unlawful for any person living in the county to “knowingly and intentionally harbor, feed, keep in possession by confinement, or otherwise, any stray animal which does not belong to him.”
That is, unless a person notifies animal control within 24 hours of intentions to either give the animal to the Animal Control division or advertise the animal in a local newspaper to find the owner in case the animal was missing. If no owner comes forward, the individual holding the stray animal can be declared the legal owner, the ordinance states.
Landlords or property owners are not required to trap stray animals, but it’s unlawful for any owner of a dog, cat or ferret to allow the animal to run off the premises of its owner.
Date posted: June 15, 2012
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