Eureka Council Passes Updated Animal Ordinance Requiring ‘Fancier’ Licenses for Some Pet Owners, Rabies Vaccines for Cats | Lost Coast Outpost

Eureka Law enforcement Capt. Brian Stephens and Animal Manage Officer Celeste Villarreal tackle the Eureka Town Council all through Tuesday night’s conference | Screenshot from Zoom meeting


Through its Tuesday night meeting the Eureka Metropolis Council unanimously handed an current animal ordinance, which the Eureka Police Animal Command division has been performing on for many years.

In addition to updating the varieties and variety of pets residents can possess and developing much more distinct rules for appropriate animal treatment, the ordinance now also — at the ask for of council — demands cats to be vaccinated for rabies.

Cats were one of the most important focuses of the council’s dialogue, with a number of council customers expressing concern above the absence of restrictions on cat possession in Eureka. Compared with canines, there is no necessity for cats to be accredited and throughout a general public workshop held last thirty day period about the animal ordinance, some neighborhood members introduced up concerns above the feral cat populace and outdoor cats killing community songbirds.

“I assume cats really should be registered,” Councilmember Scott Bauer explained through Tuesday’s meeting. “We’re basically releasing 1000’s of little, sweet predators throughout the landscape with a large amount of repercussions.”

This “tiny, sweet predator” is now lawfully needed to have a rabies vaccine in Eureka | Photo: Stephanie McGeary

Eureka Animal Management Officer Celeste Villarreal and EPD Captain Brian Stephens described to the council that, for the reason that of the significant variety of unlicensed cats in the metropolis, it would be incredibly hard to impose a need for every cat to be accredited and that trying to control the selection of unregistered cats could end result in an overburden on area shelters and the euthanization of numerous cats.

The up-to-date ordinance does also address this problem a minor with the “Cat Fancier” license part, Villarreal said, which necessitates house owners of extra than 3 cats to get hold of a unique license from the Metropolis. (The ordinance also calls for a “Dog Fancier” license for house owners of much more than a few canine, and an “Exotic Animal Fancier” license for proprietors of a lot more than 10 amphibians, reptiles or parrots.)

Soon after some discussion the council agreed that the town could handle some of the basic safety issues bordering the cat populace by including a area requiring that all cats be vaccinated for rabies.

Some council users also had considerations about the “fancier” licenses portion that states an animal command officer might enter and examine the owner’s residence at any time for the duration of typical business hours.

Captain Stephens spelled out that current regulation would call for the officer to ask for permission to enter the home and if the individual refuses, the officer would have to have to get a warrant. Councilmember Kati Moulton asked for a pleasant amendment to the ordinance that additional language clarifying this point and the council unanimously accredited.

At the suggestion of EPD Chief Steve Watson,  the modification will say one thing alongside the strains of “nothing in this section is supposed to supersede existing Fourth Amendment or point out regulation concerning search and seizure.”