What do you do if you’re the mayor of Randolph, Iowa and you want to cut decrease the numbers of stray cats and dogs. You take a page from history and enact a bounty of them. Why use more modern (and sensible) tactics when its so easy to do something so 18th Century?
How many ways is this wrong? Let’s start with unscrupulous adults and children kidnapping dogs and cats to make money.
Here’s the mayor’s own newsletter openly admitting his retro tactics.
I have had several of our residents call about the increasin numbers of wild cats in town. This problem along with the dogs on
the loose, was brought up at our last council meeting. It was decided to get our citizens to help with this problem by putting a
$5.00 bounty payment for the catching and delivering live to me, any loose cat or dog caught in town. I want to stress to Our pet owners, have a collar on your pet. If I can identify the pet by the collar, I will return it to it’s. owner. The owner will be charged the cost of the $5.00 bounty that the city paid the person who caught it. Those cats and dogs without ID will be taken to the Vet at Sidney for disposal.
If you would like to inform the mayor that people in the hopefully civilized world don’t offer bounties on one of the two species who’ve been our trusted friends and symbiotes sign the Care2 Petition.
And if you would like to be a bit more direct, here is the mayor’s email. Please be polite when emaiing him. If we get rude or obscene our comments will not be considered seriously. Thanks to Catster Lady for supplying the email address.
Mayor: Vance Trively
You can read more at the non-governmental Randolph, Iowa site.