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Letter to the Editor: St Mary’s County Proposed Animal Ordinance Meeting on Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

Letter to the Editor: On Tues, April 30th, 2024, there will be a public forum in front of the St. Mary’s County Commissioners to discuss the proposed animal ordinance at 6:30 p.m., at the Chesapeake Building at 41770 Baldridge St, Leonardtown. Citizens will be allowed to voice their concerns. You will need to sign up when you arrive in order to speak. You don’t have to speak. The ordinance does not include anything allowing Trap, Neuter, Return. We need to say we want it included. “They also are putting in the ordinance, that citizens are not allowed to feed animals on county land. I believe they are doing this so that no one will be allowed to feed the feral cats next to the Lexington Park Post Office. We first started doing TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) there in 2011. Someone has consistently fed those cats for at least 14 years and now the ordinance will make this illegal. The cats will starve or become very unhealthy. This is cruel and I hope that our government is not cruel.” When Feral Cat Rescue started in 2007, Tri County Shelter was euthanizing 550 cats a month. Every year, that number dropped. In 2020 it […]

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