SEA BRIGHT STARTS CHIPPING IN

cat-microchipPiewacket, a six-year-old ragdoll cat, was one of a dozen pets that were microchipped Saturday in Sea Bright as part of the borough’s new trap-neuter-release program. The partnership with the Monmouth County SPCA will continue throughout the year as workers round up homeless cats, vaccinate and microchip them in order to keep the borough’s feline population under control. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT CAT LAW NEARLY READY, AGAIN

sb-cat-500x375Sea Bright is expected to formally adopt its trap-neuter-release ordinance in two weeks. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Sea Bright’s cat control ordinance is quickly approaching its ninth life.

But before it gets thrown in the bureaucratic litter box, local officials say they have ironed out every last kink possible in a proposed ordinance that would implement a partnership program to trap, fix and release the borough’s feral cats. Really.

“We’re done,” Councilwoman Dina Long said. “We’re finally done.”

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CAT ORDINANCE BEGINS THIRD LIFE

sb-cat1A trap-spay/neuter-release program could finally get underway in Sea Bright by the end of the year. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It’s been introduced, amended, scrapped, reintroduced, amended and scrapped again. By Councilwoman Dina Long’s calculation, it’s the most revised ordinance she’s seen in her seven years sitting on the borough council.

Could it be that Tuesday night saw the last reintroduction to Sea Bright’s controversial cat ordinance?

“We hope so,” said Long, who has labored for months to get one passed. “We’ll see.”

Long said she has more confidence than ever that the third time’s the charm for this one, because it was co-written by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which was the source of the delays all along.

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SEA BRIGHT TWEAKS CAT HERDING LAW

sb-catA cat hanging out in Sea Bright. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Sea Bright is moving forward on its cat control ordinance, despite warnings from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that the borough could face heavy fines for implementing a trap-and-release program.

Borough officials hope to have a program in place before the start of breeding season, which typically begins around February and can last for ten months.

“There are a lot of kittens roaming around right now,” Councilwoman Dina Long said. “Now we have to catch them.”

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CAT HOLOCAUST IN SEA BRIGHT?

cat1One resident says there’s a cat holocaust in Sea Bright. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Kathleen Kalaf says there’s a cat holocaust happening in Sea Bright.

That is something Webster’s might classify as hyperbole. But in Kalaf’s book, the term fits.

“If you’re poisoning cats and loading them off to die, that reminds me of a holocaust,” she said. “I wanted to get people’s attention. I want people to know about the situation.”

So what exactly is the situation?

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