Local shelter reminding people leash laws include cats too

Published: Jun. 21, 2016 at 11:49 PM CDT
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A local shelter says it's been taking in more injured cats than normal, and it's costing them thousands of dollars in vet bills. It's due to mostly preventable accidents, like cats wandering too far from home, getting hit by cars, or starting fights with other animals.

The city says you can get fined for letting your cat outside.

Cormorant Corey is a cat with one leg in a cast. She was hit by a car near lakes country over the weekend, and survived with only a broken leg. Her foster mom says she got off lucky.

Corey is one of the many cats who either escaped, or got let out to wander around, which often leads to trouble.

"We wouldn't have things like this happen if people were being responsible and taking care of their animals," says the Executive Director of Cat’s Cradle, Gail Adams-Ventzke.

Lily Pad is another cat who was run over by a car a couple days ago. She is the reason advocates at Cat’s Cradle are sending a reminder to the community. "Both of her back legs were injured, one of them so severely it had to be removed," says Adams-Ventzke.

Whether you're in Moorhead, Fargo, or West Fargo, it is illegal to let your cat roam outside alone. Police say you can get a ticket if you're caught, leash laws aren't just for dogs.

"If you don't let them out, they won't miss it, it's kinda like giving candy to a baby, if they have never tasted it, they won't miss it," says Adams-Ventzke.

If your wandering cat gets picked up, you could end up with a hefty bill. Impound fees, boarding fees, and more if your cat isn't up to date with rabies shots or licensed through the city. And according to Cat's Cradle not following those laws is why cats like Corey, need a new home.

Cats like Corey and Lily Pad cost Cat's Cradle thousands of dollars each in emergency vet bills. Some may ask why spend that much on an animal? Cat's Cradle doesn't turn away cats based on how much money it costs to save their life. Rather, the pound decides what to do based on if the cat will live a quality life.