Solution to Stray Cat Population May Involve Changed Ordinance - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Solution to Stray Cat Population May Involve Change to City Ordinance

Posted: Updated:
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Stray cats running loose around the city has become a major problem in Corpus Christi, and lately, more and more stray cats are showing up injured at area shelters.

The City's Animal Control is suggesting that the answer to the problem may involve a change in a city ordinance that allows domesticated cats to roam free.

An injured cat that was most likely hit by a car was found by Susano Alvarado Friday morning.

"You can tell he was in pain, so I got close to him and he was mewing for help," Alvarado said.
     
Alvarado took the cat to Animal Control to try and save his life, but unfortunately, the cat died of its injuries.

It's an injured they've become used to seeing.

"It's every single day, and it's not just us. It's every vet in town," Animal Control Director Heather Hedrick said. "Not just us. It's also every rescue dealing with the same thing."

Hedrick said it all goes back to the overpopulation of cats we have in town. She believes one of the main problems is the current city ordinance that allows cats to roam free. Those cats have to be neutered and have their vaccinations, as well as have their tags on.

"But they're not doing that second part, which is having that cat spayed and neutered, and then also having its ID on," Hedrick said.

When cats breed, it leads to overpopulation, and now Animal Control is writing up a new ordinance to hopefully educate the public and change their ways.

"We broke the ordinance apart to try to find best practices in other cities that were successful," Hedrick said.

They have submitted some ideas to the Animal Control Advisory Board, who will then look it over and make any necessary changes. They are hopeful to have it on the City agenda in the near future.

  • John Paul II High School Students Arrive in Rome

    John Paul II High School Students Arrive in Rome

    Students from John Paul II High School, along with about 70 other Coastal Bend residents, arrived in Rome Thursday to take part in the canonization of their school's namesake.On Sunday, Pope John Paul II and Pope John the 23rd will become saints at a massive canonization ceremony in St. Peter's Square, and the students will be there to witness that piece of history being made.A total of nine students and 10 faculty members from John Paul II High School went on the pilgrimage. For some, it was...More >>
    Students from John Paul II High School, along with about 70 other Coastal Bend residents, arrived in Rome Thursday to take part in the canonization of their school's namesake.On Sunday, Pope John Paul II and Pope John the 23rd will become saints at a massive canonization ceremony in St. Peter's Square, and the students will be there to witness that piece of history being made.A total of nine students and 10 faculty members from John Paul II High School went on the pilgrimage. For some, it was...More >>
  • Council Considers $1.4 Million Grant for Del Mar College

    Council Considers $1.4 Million Grant for Del Mar College

    City Council is set on deciding whether or not to approve giving Del Mar College a $1.4 million grant to expand its process and instrumentation technology.The money will be used to build a fully operational and functioning processing unit like you would find at one of the refineries. No oil products will be made, and instead, water will be used. The idea is to be able to get more students through the program.Del Mar College has about 50 students a year graduate, but with this processing unit ...More >>
    City Council is set on deciding whether or not to approve giving Del Mar College a $1.4 million grant to expand its process and instrumentation technology.The money will be used to build a fully operational and functioning processing unit like you would find at one of the refineries. No oil products will be made, and instead, water will be used. The idea is to be able to get more students through the program.Del Mar College has about 50 students a year graduate, but with this processing unit ...More >>
  • City Breaks Ground for Major Improvements to McArdle Road

    City Breaks Ground for Major Improvements to McArdle Road

    The City broke ground at 9:30 a.m. Thursday for a construction project aimed at improving the stretch of McArdle Road between Whitaker Drive and Ennis Joslin by August of 2016.The project, funded by the 2012 Bond, will include a three-lane roadway, bike lanes, five-foot sidewalks and upgraded utilities.Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez and members of City Council were joined by Mary Encinia, whose daughter Kimberly was killed by a hit and run driver while walking downing McArdle between Rod...More >>
    The City broke ground at 9:30 a.m. Thursday for a construction project aimed at improving the stretch of McArdle Road between Whitaker Drive and Ennis Joslin by August of 2016.The project, funded by the 2012 Bond, will include a three-lane roadway, bike lanes, five-foot sidewalks and upgraded utilities.Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez and members of City Council were joined by Mary Encinia, whose daughter Kimberly was killed by a hit and run driver while walking downing McArdle between Rod...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KIII. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.