Helper adopts feral cat law
After months of deliberation, the Helper City Council Thursday adopted a feral animal ordinance intended to curb populations that pose "a danger to public sanitation and safety."
The vote was unanimous, but one citizen in the audience took exception because the posted agenda said the matter would be discussed but did not mention approval.
The new rules are brief, only two sentences. It says that no one shall feed or otherwise encourage a feral animal to remain feral within 250 feet of any city property.
That is to keep unwanted animals away from parks, baseball diamonds and the city's pool.
Feeding is legal in the restricted zones only if it is for the purpose of humanely trapping the animals.
Although the population of feral cats has been the major concern, the ordinance is non-discriminatory. It also includes dogs and any non-human creatures that become a public nuisance.