Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

October 2, 2012

Trapping inside the city should be banned

Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Dear Editor,

There is current practice in the city of Centerville which needs to be addressed.

A few days ago our beloved house cat somehow managed to escape our home. It only took us a few hours to realize he was missing. We canvassed the neighborhood all night long. The next morning while putting up flyers I noticed a live trap on one residents porch. After a couple conversations the resident stated "that he had no dog, nor cats and that he catches any cat he can on his property and takes them to someplace in the country."

I was just hours late, he had just returned from disposing of three or four cats that morning. And then after arranging to meet us the next morning to show us where he left them, changed his mind and refuses to say or show us the location.

I was later amazed when city hall and the animal control officer said it was well within his right to do this.

Our cat was tagged, vaccinated and neutered, a very friendly soul.

The practice of private citizens trapping and disposing of animals is simply wrong. Trapping should be banned or at least regulated.

There is always a valid concern over stray or wild animals, but what about the rights of good pets and good pet owners, who through a single mishap lose their pet or the pet whom in the end looses his life. This is a job for law enforcement or a animal control officer not private vigilante individuals.

Steven Stroud