Animal rights groups, lawmakers argue over feral cat ordinance

Seaside Heights is working on a proposal to control its feral cat population.

Seaside Heights is working on a proposal to control its feral cat population. (7/20/16)

SEASIDE HEIGHTS - Seaside Heights unanimously passed an ordinance to control the feral cat population, but the vote was not without controversy. 

The borough’s plan is to set areas where feral cats are prohibited, round them up and take them to sanctuaries and shelters.

Animal rights advocates are upset that some of the cats that end up in shelters may be euthanized. 

An online petition to "save the cats" collected nearly 15,000 signatures. Mayor Anthony Vaz also said the issue ended up flooding his inbox with emails.

The borough did say that existing cat colonies could remain even if they're in restricted areas. 

Animal control officers will help execute the measures behind the ordinance. 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

News 12 New Jersey - Weather On The 1 New Jersey Weather Forecast
St. Joseph High School student Matthew Hall visited 2 Teen battling cancer thanks medical team as he prepares to attend prom
Some New Jersey Transit riders have vowed not 3 NJ Transit riders vow not to pay fares in protest
News 12 asked residents what they thought about 4 Westchester Talks Trump: First 100 days
News 12 asked viewers what they thought about 5 Hudson Valley Talks Trump: First 100 days

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE