Facebook reacts: Middletown considers, then delays, action on new stray cat and animal rules

The city of Middletown is making changes to enforce a new, stricter animal control ordinance. The effective date of the new legislation will be March 1, 2019. One of the proposed changes to the policy would require all dogs, cats, and other companion animals to have proper identification such that the owner can be determined easily by the City. This would include a collar and registration tag with information or a microchip and eartag with information to a national registration database. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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The city of Middletown is making changes to enforce a new, stricter animal control ordinance. The effective date of the new legislation will be March 1, 2019. One of the proposed changes to the policy would require all dogs, cats, and other companion animals to have proper identification such that the owner can be determined easily by the City. This would include a collar and registration tag with information or a microchip and eartag with information to a national registration database. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Middletown last week decided to delay consideration of new animal ordinances after strong public reaction that their penalties would be too harsh.

The changes would have included prohibiting owners from allowing their animals to become nuisances, limiting the number of household pets and prohibiting people from leaving food for strays.

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There were many strong reactions to the Journal-News Facebook post about the story. Here’s a sampling:

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