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Cat Leash Proposal to Go to Another Vote

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — On Monday, the West Springfield City Council voted down a proposal to require cats to be leashed in public.

The council wants to vote again, once they have a public hearing and rework the measure.

The proposal would also impose a fine if an owner neglected to clean up after their pet, which includes cats.

Westfield and Agawam already have similar ordinances in places.

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  • bagpip

    This is the same city hall that told a citizen they could live trap animals and local wildlife, and “do anything they want to with them”? Including drowning live squirrels, groundhogs, skunks? Although I agree for your cats heath you should keep them indoors (as I do), or in a pen or fenced area. A revival of the area has brought a rash of all loose cats in the area disappearing, mostly shot by kids with access to BB guns, and adults high powered BB rifles, shooting in the city with no regard for where that shot ends up. Having been shot in the arm by a BB myself here, I know how they play games with BBB guns here, and anything that moves if fair game to kill for no reason at all. Then poisoning is used. Mans need for senseless killing never ceases to amaze me.

  • weasel

    With all the problems our Cities, Towns, State, Federal Govt have these idiots focus on leashing cats. Yea sure. What happens when they cross the border. What a bunch of dopes and I don’t mean the cats.

  • alpinequeen

    Ever try to walk a cat on a leash? It doesn’t work. The cat isn’t outside to do “business”. It’s out there to hunt, and that’s the way of nature.