The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 22, 2014

Commission to weigh Enid feral cat problem

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A fine against animal-lovers trying to end overpopulation could be eliminated tonight.

Enid City Commission is considering an ordinance to exclude from prosecution people who trap, fix, vaccinate and then release wild animals. The issue came about after discussion on shielding those who work to curb the feral cat population.

As it stands now, anyone who cares for an animal also must be responsible for keeping it in an enclosed environment. Instead, supporters of the change hope to be able to fix and vaccinate dozens, or perhaps hundreds, of strays.

The commission meets at 5 p.m. in an informal study session, followed by a regular session at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will be in the city administration building, 401 W. Garriott.

Commissioners also will discuss and vote on a resolution to restructure PEGASYS, Enid’s public-access television station.

Other agenda items include further modifying the city’s fine structure, this time for alcohol and underage people and traffic offenses.

In the study session, commissioners Ben Ezzell and Tammy Wilson will introduce a proposal from Main Street Enid to help fund renovation of the northwest corner node of the Garfield County Court House lawn.

The annual audit report also will be presented.