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Mayor puts $5 bounty on stray cats, which will be euthanized

post #1 of 19
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Is it just me or does this seem like a REALLY bad idea? It would be too easy for people to steal pets and remove their collars.


Link:
http://www.kptm.com/Global/story.asp...&nav=menu606_2

Quote:
Cat Bounty in Randolph, Iowa

Randolph, Iowa (KPTM) - An Iowa mayor takes extreme measures to get wild cats off the streets.


After several complaints Randolph city leaders are now asking for help.

The mayor's plan, is to put a bounty on all cats, so if you can lure one to you and catch it, it'll earn you five bucks.

Any stray cat or dog that doesn't have tags or a collar will be taken to a Sidney vet and put down.
post #2 of 19
Oh my goodness, that's horrible!
post #3 of 19
Stray cats are a nuisance because they tear up the trash? I would spend the proposed bounty money of better trash bins then!
post #4 of 19
looks like the americans are up to it again also.
lets hope people drive that mayor nuts until he stops it.
post #5 of 19
What!!! IMO, someone needs to check for lead in the drinking water--soon! They have a bad epidemic of stupidity in that town!So, those complaining morons haven't enough sense to start a humane TNR??? And why involve the dogs???? Any idiot would realize that it's tamed animals that will be caught the easiest and turned in.... Okay, maybe they have a problem, not unlike most American cities - they just have a population of humans TOO STUPID to actually SOLVE the problem themselves.
post #6 of 19
I looked the city up, listed population as of 2000 was 209. That really explains a lot. Little towns like that tend to sometimes be a bit backwards - or at least they certainly are here. If there's a problem animal here, people shoot it. I'm also guessing that with 209 people and a median income per household at $34,861 - no one wants to spare money for TNR.

Tougher leash laws and encouraging people to spay and neuter their pets would be a lot better.
post #7 of 19
Way back in the dark ages of the "Humane" movement, cities like New York put bounties on stray pets. Children would earn money by picking up any animal they could find and bringing it to the "pound". Children would steal pets for the bounty. The bounty if I recall was 15 cents. The pets were dumped into water containers by the hundreds and drowned.

This is beyond sick. I don't always agree with the practices of contemporary humane societies, but this puts the town back into the dark ages.

http://www.randolph-iowa.com/
http://www.randolph-iowa.com/City/mayorletter.pdf

Sorry, couldn't find an exact address as the town probably doesn't have a city hall. But I suspect if you address a letter to the mayor (Vince Trively) as below - they'll get it to him. I've lived in a town that size and everyone knows everyone.

Vance Trively, mayor
Randolph, Iowa 51649
post #8 of 19
You may want to do something about this disgusting practice that is happening in Des Moines, Iowa. Pathetic

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/ap/20080312...y-1be00ca.html
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
You may want to do something about this disgusting practice that is happening in Des Moines, Iowa. Pathetic

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/ap/20080312...y-1be00ca.html
What does that have anything to do with "English only law"?
post #10 of 19
Nothing, just has to do with Iowa. Sorry, if off topic, but how disgusting is putting a bounty on cats. Sounds like something that would happen in China.
post #11 of 19
Unfortunately, there are sickos out there who support this practice. I found this link that has this to say about ferals:
http://www.suntimes.com/news/blogent...puz5STgLeVwBLu
That was a link that I found from reading the SunTime's article re. the OP Their article started out, "Hey, Cat Haters! They're paying a bounty on cats in this town
post #12 of 19
Please read these articles - the mayor refuses to consider any help from the AlleyCat Allies and also, the veterinarian named in the news article will not participate in euthanizing cats - he has offered only to help with TNR and has issued his formal statement.

Alley Allies requests your help!!
http://action.alleycat.org/c.mmL3KgN...06667&aid=9985

Sydney veterinarian refuses to euthanize cats!
http://randolph-iowa.com
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by catsknowme View Post
Sydney veterinarian refuses to euthanize cats!
http://randolph-iowa.com

Well, great news!
Following the above link, it appears the bounty has been lifted.
post #14 of 19
Do you agree with this. Too me, I think this is a sad way to deal with a difficult situation.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1983732/posts
post #15 of 19
I hope with all the bad publicity that Iowa is receiving with this, they will stop this horrific practice today.
post #16 of 19
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post #17 of 19
Sorry about that!

To me this sets a very bad precedent. Next thing there will be catnapping so people can get the bounty!
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by catsknowme View Post
What!!! IMO, someone needs to check for lead in the drinking water--soon! They have a bad epidemic of stupidity in that town!So, those complaining morons haven't enough sense to start a humane TNR??? And why involve the dogs???? Any idiot would realize that it's tamed animals that will be caught the easiest and turned in.... Okay, maybe they have a problem, not unlike most American cities - they just have a population of humans TOO STUPID to actually SOLVE the problem themselves.


This is horrible.
post #19 of 19
http://www.kwwl.com/News/index.php?ID=22858
The mayor backed down & the town has agreed to accept help from Alleycat Allies & Humane Society
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