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Beverly Hills City Council puts off feral cat issue until August

July 16, 2009 |  3:59 pm

Beverly Hills residents will continue to be allowed to feed stray cats, at least until Aug. 4. That's when the City Council is next scheduled to review recommendations from a committee charged with developing a plan that would allow people to do so permanently.

More than 100 speakers addressed the council Tuesday, when it decided to put off the issue until next month. Here's more from the Beverly Hills Courier:

“It is clear we can not criminalize feeding,” said Councilmember John Mirisch. “I think we need to establish a program that is controlled. I don’t think the urgency ordinance addressed that.” Mirisch has called for the mandatory spaying and neutering (or altering) of these cats as part of a broader trap-neuter-release program.

The urgency ordinance the council denied Tuesday was intended to address a deleted code (5-2-10, subdivision B and C) that was removed after the City adopted Los Angeles’ ordinance. The code explicitly prohibits the feeding of feral cats and dogs on any public property, any property that is open to the pubic or any private property is not completely enclosed by a secured wall.