BUFFALO, NY - Dogs have been licensed for decades, but what about cats? Buffalo Common Councilman Darius Pridgen (D-Ellicott) says there are too many cats the queen city and it's time to consider the requirement for felines as well.
There was a public hearing in Buffalo City Hall and the head of Buffalo Humane spoke out along with city residents.
Pridgen announced that an ad hoc committee of animal professionals and residents for and against licensing will be formed. The goal is simple he said, "to craft either some kind of procedure or policy... it's about getting the stray cats off the streets and into safe environments."
Some residents are frustrated with the number of stray cats that roam neighborhoods and ruin their gardens or scratch their vehicles.
Some residents at the hearing criticized the thought of a cat license calling it "ineffective" and "unenforceable."
Gina Browning, SPCA of Erie County spokesperson told 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing, " I think it's important for these officials to turn to the SPCA and other animal organizations and let's come up with some real approaches as to how the community can deal with community cats," or stray cats.
Councilman Pridgen says he is not looking at limiting the number of cats a person can own in the city.
The SPCA says licensing cats can only be effective if done right. "I think trying to find a cookie cutter solution, a one size fits all to the three different category is a recipe for disaster," said Browning.
"This is not a resolution to force feed or make money for the city, or force feed cat owners," said Pridgen. "I'm hoping that this committee comes back with a way that does not cost anybody anything financially."
The SPCA says West Seneca and Lackawanna are also looking into cat licensing.