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Cat cap caged

Evanston aldermen Monday voted to send an ordinance limiting cat ownership back to committee for further work.


Evanston aldermen Monday voted to send an ordinance limiting cat ownership back to committee for further work.

The plan to limit residents to no more than four felines had led to howls of protest from cat fanciers.

Gail Lovinger of 2225 Simpson St. called the numeric limit “totally arbitrary.”

Lovinger, a board member of CARE, the Community Animal Rescue Effort, said, “There’s no evidence that a responsible cat owner can’t care for more than four cats. The city should protect the rights of responsible cat owners.”

Joan Slavin of 2021 Colfax St. objected that the ordinance would require people who now have more than four cats to get rid of them.

She added that people like herself who provide foster care for cats turned in at animal shelters would have to stop doing it.

The chairman of the Human Services Committee, Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste, 2nd Ward, proposed sending the plan back to the committee.

Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, said she’s been involved in animal rescue work for 20 years and doesn’t think the hoarding problem in Evanston is serious enough to require such an ordinance. She said it’s mainly a mental health issue that needs to be addressed that way.

The Human Services Committee now is scheduled to revisit the cat ordinance when it meets at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 6, at the Civic Center.

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