WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau's public health and safety committee is looking into a possible ordinance regarding harboring feral animals on your property.
The move comes after a number of complaints from the 3rd Ward over a house on Plumer Street that has a number of feral cats living in and around the property. Alderman Jon Havel says the problem is that those cats are starting to breed, which could start becoming more of a nuisance. But more than that, he's concerned over possible illnesses or diseases that could be spread by the animals. “They're eating just enough to breed, which means more chances for them to get into trouble with people.”
Committee chair Lisa Rasmussen says the problem is not one of simply having outdoor pets. “Ferals are not your domesticated cat. They have no contact with people so they are prone to attack and lash out.” She says the city does have some work to do before they can handle the situation though, since there is no city ordinance against harboring animals. “We have rules about how many pets you can own, but these aren't quite pets under the city code.”
Rasmussen says the city will come back next month with the city inspector, the humane society and the city attorney to work on an ordinance that can help solve the problem. The next meeting is February 21st.