A good reason to include cats in an animal ordinance

Here's a good argument for adding cats to Tupelo's animal ordinance.

According to The Associated Press, three people were attacked after two stray cats wandered into a house in North Platte, Neb.

That's right, stray cats entered the house. Time to lock the doors.

The report goes like this:

"The cats entered Melissa Breva's house through an open front door on Monday, and attacked two women visitors and a boy, authorities said.

"I thought I had seen it all, but I have never seen anything like this,' Chief of Police Martin Gutschenritter said.

"Animal control officer John Pettit responded to a call for help, Gutschenritter said.

"One woman was scratched and bitten on her legs; the other woman was bitten on her right calf, authorities said.

"After talking to them, Pettit went to his truck for snares, then heard screaming from inside the house.

"When he ran back, he saw a young male with blood over his face,' Gutschenritter said. He was bitten on his forehead, nose, left ear and right cheek.'"

The three were taken to the hospital for additional care.

The cats were tranquilized and sent to the animal shelter and euthanized. The remains were sent to Lincoln for rabies tests.

I don't know if the three people were to receive the same treatment.

When investigator John Stadler arrived and opened the bedroom door, "he saw a gray and white cat baring its teeth in attack mode," Gutschenritter said. "He shut the bedroom door and returned to his car for a dart gun."

Under a North Platte ordinance, cats may run free if they don't become nuisances.

I'd say there cats were nuisances.


It was interesting to read in last week's Daily Journal about CVS Pharmacy's request to build a location at Crosstown.

Representatives went before the Planning Commission and were denied their request.

The interesting part of the story was the description of the law office housed inside a former residence on Robins Street as "an old rundown business office."

If this property is old and rundown, we need more like it. Drive by and check out the tulips in bloom.

Hats off to the Planning Commission.

Charlie Langford is the managing editor/design. E-mail him at charlie.langford@djournal.com

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