City cat licensing effort fails

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Pittsburgh City Council relegated a proposed cat licensing ordinance to the legislative litter box today in a 5-4 vote against the proposal that kills the controversial issue.

Councilman Jeff Koch, who abstained in a tentative tie vote Wednesday, doomed the effort by voting no.

"The ordinance, the way it's written, is just an extra taxing burden on those who follow the law," Mr. Koch said. He predicted that irresponsible cat owners, whose pets are more likely to cause property damage to neighbors, would just ignore the measure.

"If I thought for one minute that this would help control the population of wild cats, I would be for it," he said.

Councilwoman Darlene Harris argued that an existing code provision requiring that cats carry identification -- be it a tag, tattoo or microchip -- was enough.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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