August 22, 2019

Pittsfield’s stray cats

I am disturbed by the stray cat issue in Pittsfield. In my opinion, it is blown out of proportion. If one follows the articles in the Bangor Daily News, it’s apparent that “facts” change with each accounting. Chester Strett resident Kathy Frost first brought the issue of roaming cats to the council’s attention earlier this fall, complaining about dozens of cats in her neighborhood damaging her property. She said, “The cats are out 24 hours a day, scratching at our door.”

I’ve gone to this neighborhood many times at varying hours to witness this phenomenon and to search for my own missing cat. I’ve not seen even one cat on the Frost property. There are two other BDN articles where reference is made to a neighbor of the Frosts’, housing 10 cats causing problems. Are there 10 cats or dozens of cats?

Mrs. Frost is not satisfied with having steep fines levied against cat owners if their cat(s) dare step one paw off their owners property, she also wants to dictate how many cats you can have in your home.

The town needs to prosecute citizens causing problems. There has to be a better way than to hastily slap laws on the books to silence a few. It’s a given that problem people won’t be effected by new laws, as they won’t retrieve their cats once picked up.

People commit unthinkable crimes daily to animals, especially cats. Please don’t continue to fuel them with this mess.

Responsible pet owners, please attend the Jan. 6 public. Don’t let a few dictate the laws to you.

Marcia Bickford


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