IN BRIEF: Lakeview Village Council pounces on stray cat problem

By Meghan Nelson • Last Updated 8:04 pm on Thursday, August 11, 2016

LAKEVIEW — The atmosphere in Lakeview has gotten a little catty lately.

During Monday night’s Lakeview Village Council meeting, the issue of stray cats roaming the town was discussed.

Councilwoman Kathy Lobert requested the topic be added to the meeting’s agenda.

“There seem to be a lot of them running around ruining people’s gardens, mine included,” Lobert said. “They don’t have collars, they don’t have tags. How can we get control of the cat population in the village? I know it’s not an easy thing.

“Can we enforce the leash law on them?” she asked. “Our dogs have to be on a leash.”

Village Manager Jake Eckholm noted the problem comes down to enforceability.

“As you guys know, the county Animal Control has been very hard fought to be kept recently … they’re not very well staffed,” Eckholm said. “They have two or three paid people and their volunteers. When it comes to enforceability on the village government side of things, we’re limited. There’s no way we’re going to be able to devote officer hours and resources to finding and chasing cats.”

Eckholm recommended encouraging people to use live traps to catch stray cats and bring the felines to the village office. Village officials will then arrange to bring the cats to Animal Control in Stanton.

Residents can call the village office at (989) 352-6322 with any questions.

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