WEST SENECA N.Y (WKBW) - After getting numerous complaints from several neighborhoods, the Town of West Seneca is considering putting a limit on the number of cats in a household.
Currently, there is no limit, but a long, hot summer had neighbors complaining about residences with multiple cats saying pungent odors were affecting them.
Board members will be accepting public comments on the issue at their September 24th meeting.
The proposed law would set a limit of 4 cats per home with violators being fined $250.
"Right now we are trying to get some controls in place to help ease the burden on neighbors," said West Seneca Supervisor Sheila Meegan.
The law could also be used in cases were large number of stray, or feral cats are being cared for.
Code enforcement officers have already begun a crack-down on homes with excessive pets.
Two people have been given citations and ordered to appear in court.
In one case, over 30 cats in a home on Creek View Drive are causing strong odors and other problems for neighbors.
"The cats show up in our yard, they puke in our yard, they urinate in our yard. Its ridiculous," adds exasperated neighbor Carol McMahon.
Some local animal organizations say the problem is more complex and won't be solved merely by passing a tougher law.
"We all have to work together and there is only one solution. You have to take it to the next level and you have to spay and neuter these animals," commented Edie Offhaus from Feral Cat Focus of Western New York.