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Beautiful Black Cat with Collar Roaming

Discussion in 'Nature/Habitat/Garden Corner' started by KTdid, Oct 7, 2020.

  1. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    Neighbor, your gorgeous black cat with a blue/green collar is roaming the neck of woods between Welby and Harvest Green Terrace. He/she is chasing the vultures (which I don't mind one bit) but also terrorizing the local backyard birds. He would not come to me when called because he was so focused on the hunt. You can make the case that cats should be allowed to roam but I can make the case that they should be kept indoors as I do with mine for valid health and safety reasons. I'm not against allowing them outside if they are confined or restrained.

    Throughout the years I've lived in Broadlands, I've rid the area of (too many to count) roaming strays and the unfortunate feral cats (and their many kittens) bred because they were in tact and allowed to roam unfettered. I even took in a sweet stray years ago, left behind by it's owners during one of our worst winters as they could not justify taking their pet with them when they moved.

    What ever your reason for allowing your precious cat outdoors - if he becomes a repeat visitor, I will, without apology, trap and deliver him to the county animal control in Waterford.
     
  2. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    You may have your beliefs... but you may want to be aware of the law in the matter.

    Specifically I'd point you to Section 612.12 DOGS AND CATS DEEMED PERSONAL PROPERTY; RIGHTS RELATING THERETO - https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/loudouncounty/latest/loudounco_va/0-0-0-2314
    "All dogs and cats in the County shall be deemed personal property and may be the subject of larceny and malicious or unlawful trespass. Owners, as defined in Section 612.02(s), may maintain an action for the killing of any such animals, or injury thereto, or unlawful detention or use thereof, as in the case of other personal property."

    So you may want to rethink your vigilante thinking on trying to enforce your BELIEFS on others because if you start trapping other people's animals w/o cause you're opening yourself up to a lot of pain.
     
  3. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    Reread my post. Trapping is not injuring. Your cat on my property /stupidly maintains trespassing when I believe it's a stray, it is within my rights to remove it. It's your personal choice to put your cat at risk (too many to name) so it's akin to negligence on your part.
     
  4. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Well-Known Member

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  5. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    Who said anything about injuring? If you deprive someone of their use/access to their personal property you have an issue.

    Unless it has fallen under being a nuisance because it's damaging property - there is no codified support for your belief. You could remove the animal from your property, but if you were to detain it or otherwise keep it away from it's owner - you have an issue.

    And your narrative about negligence is not supported in the law - so you can keep preaching, but you are unsupported.
     
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