Hey, national news types, Wellington’s cat law isn’t that uncommon!

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington, Kansas has been getting a lot of national exposure concerning its new law limiting the number of cats per household. But Wellington city officials are puzzled as to why.The new city law enacted on Dec. 18, which limits the number of cats to four per owner is not unusual, said Tracy Heath, Wellington City Police Chief. Actually, it is quite commonplace.“I know Ark City does, and there are several other communities who have cat regulations,” Heath said. “In fact when we started the process a year and a half ago I did some research around the state. And there are several communities that limit the number of animals per household.“In fact, there are other communities that have had a similar law for years. And I’d venture to say there are cities in other states that have a similar ordinance.”So why was Wellington singled out making it a national news story?“I haven’t a clue,” Heath said.Perhaps, the answer may be timing, and how news disseminates these days.Earlier this week, a news report on ABC News had listed Wellington’s cat limitation law as one of the many “oddball” laws being enacted for 2013. It was attributed to a story on the Wellington Daily News website. Since that broadcast on the morning show Good Morning America on Dec. 31, the story has been repeated throughout the national cable and internet circuit.People have reported to Sumner Newscow that the story was on NBC’s Today Show, the Sean Hannity show on Fox News, The Five on Fox News — not to mention a plethora of national news and gossip websites out there.Shane Farley, owner of Newscow.net in Winfield, said national cable news networks are like news outlets on the local level. There are slow news days. And typically when it comes to news, the week between Christmas and New Years is usually the slowest news week of the year.The new cat stipulation was part of an overall sweeping change to Wellington’s pet ordinance which also included creating an animal control officer, penalizing repeated animal abusers and an exotic pet stipulation (see story here).As far as the cat stipulation, Heath said it isn’t like law enforcement is going to make it a top priority and look for more homes where there are more than four felines. It gives the city a specific law to use in case there are complaints from neighbors about a house with an exorbitant number of cats.Heath reported that through November 2012, the city has picked up 231 cats and has euthanized 201 of those cats for the year. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (7) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Cats galore · 396 weeks ago I’m surprised Farley didn’t comment on what it’s like owning a plethora of cats. I hear he has quite a houseful. Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Sonny · 396 weeks ago I think it’s a good law. The cats are running all over the place. The dog has to been controlled so what is so damn wrong with the cat lovers that don’t want to comply, cost ya money. Join the others for tags and shots. I had a trap to get some around my place. I couldn’t let my 2 dogs out with out going out myself looking for cats in or around the yard. They barked and run up and down the fence trying to get at the cats. Maybe I could have just turned them loose but I love animals too. So control you cats. Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Jim · 396 weeks ago Sonny I have the feeling you need to get your eyes checked as it was probably a squirrel running on the fence. Maybe we should have an ordinance for having too many of them in your yard and feeding them. I sure see alot of them squashed on the roads every year. Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Sonny · 396 weeks ago Oh Jim you are so funny. You don’t know the difference between cats and squirrels. Don’t be a smart ass. Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down hah! · 396 weeks ago So everybody with more than 4 cats, you’d better be nice to your neighbors! Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down birdfan · 396 weeks ago If it’s a small town in Kansas, it’s quaint or quirky. If it’s a big town in Ca that passes the same law well that’s just common sense to the national media. Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down michael · 396 weeks ago just gives them a chance to mess with who they want when they want welcome to wellington Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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