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Wed, Jan 9 | By Matt Van Hoven | 558

TEXAS – Galveston, Tx. bridge worker John Newland, who has been in the news after one of his cats was shot by a local ornithologist, will be fined for feeding a colony of feral felines. Following the courtroom debacle that resulted in… more ›

TX. Man Fined For Feeding Feral Cats
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Ashleyrockhold
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Ashleyrockhold
2 years ago

i might get fined 200 dollar for a similar problem.I took in a couple stray cats and was going to find them homes.They told me i can't take in stray cats only animal control.Only thing is animal control doesn't do a single thing about the stray cats here or the stray dogs.He just tells everyone here to shot them if they become a problem.

Also,I made the mistake for taking in 7 cats from animal control without a license.(i live in illinois by the way)The animal control officer was made very aware i was license but had no problem with that he just wanted to save him from being put to sleep.He is in the only animal control officer in the state of arkansas.So i'm still probably going to get fined even though i'm not really the one at fault here.My cats were scheduled to get fix but i had to cancel their appointment since i still don't know if i'm going to get fined 200 dollars or not.So it's really the department of agriculture that's hurting the cats not me.

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Katie M.
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Katie M.
5 years ago

That doesn't solve anything.

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Norrie
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Norrie
5 years ago

Remind me not to move to Gavelston! Where does the money collected in that fine go??? In California some shelters feed the feral cats down near the rocky beaches. The cats still catch mice, which is a big help.

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Ethan W.
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Ethan W.
5 years ago

Don't see how fining the guy solves anything.

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marc h.
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marc h.
5 years ago

I can't see how fining this man and stopping hiim from feeding the cats will help keep them from killing the birds

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

I see no solution in this. The cats will kill more birds if they are not fed.

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cassie r.
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cassie r.
5 years ago

Fining him isn't going to solve the problem.

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Inhumane Galveston...

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EddieWayne
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EddieWayne
5 years ago

Boo to Galveston. I don't want to live there.

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Sheila S.
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Sheila S.
5 years ago

Similar situation in my hometown. Fortunately we have very progressive city leaders and it became legal to care for feral colonies here in RR on Nov20,2007.

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

People people people never cease to amaze me. Hopefully this city will come to its senses.

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BellaH
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BellaH
5 years ago

This is rediculous.

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Jello1
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Jello1
5 years ago

So what was their plan for the cats--let them starve instead?

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Ralph M.
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Ralph M.
5 years ago

What's next fining people who feed ducks and geese? Why not go after the people who don't alter their pets, or people who dump them after they aren't cute little kitties anymore.

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debby r.
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debby r.
5 years ago

I think to fine the man is ridiculous. The feral cats are the result of humans not being responsible and having their cats neutered. It is not the cats fault that it is feral. Alot of organizations trap feral cats, neutered them and then release them back into their environment.

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maria h.
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maria h.
5 years ago

Trap,neuter, release.At least they found on kind hearted soul to feed the hungry! I don't think he should be fined for showing some humanity!

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

What a shame!

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Jessica T.
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Jessica T.
5 years ago

I got in trouble once for feeding the birds (from my backyard) because neighbors complained. There is a big dispute about feeding feral cats, but I think it is better to feed them, gain some trust, trap them for a spay or neuter, and them allow them to live their lives as nature intended. So one should be fined for showing some humanity. Unless you are feeding bears, that is.

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Janet
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Janet
5 years ago

I live in Texas and I am speechless. I can't believe this man is being fined for feeding feral cats.

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DDRau
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DDRau
5 years ago

Seems like we hear a lot about extreme legal measures being taken in Texas lately.

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Marisa M.
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Marisa M.
5 years ago

Are they serious? Fine a man for feeding hungry animals? Is that really a crime? I'm glad I don't live in Texas. I have an idea for Texas-get a spay/neuter van and fix the cats rather than fining the man for feeding them!

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Jackie L.
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Jackie L.
5 years ago

What is it with Texas? I never read anything good about that state. Instead of trying to spay/neuter the colony to reduce numbers they find the man who in the kindess of his heart was trying to care for these animals. I guess it's better to just let them keep reproducing and starving to death, or shooting them...yep, gotta let those gun totin' texans have their target practice.

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Melanie
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Melanie
5 years ago

Unbelievable.....a crime to feed helpless abandoned cats. I guess letting them roam for food and dig in garbage and become mean and hungry is better.

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Janet R.
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Janet R.
5 years ago

TNR is the answer to the feral cat overpopulation problem. Until such time as all cats are spayed/neutered, we need to care for them in some way.

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
5 years ago

Use the $500 fine for a TNR program. And get educated you fool judge and lawyer. There is so much ignorance demonstrated by otherwise educated people, it's maddening.

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
5 years ago

I hope they start a TNR program.

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Meg S.
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Meg S.
5 years ago

it is unfortunate that someone did not offer to TNR prior to this getting blown out of proportion. I wold hope that the legal system would be willing to compromise and offer fit punishment for this gentleman who thought he was doing a kind act. Maybe have him handle the TNR and pay for some of the costs would be more appropriate?

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Lara W.
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Lara W.
5 years ago

This is a tricky one. Feeding the cats helps make the problem bigger. But you dont want them dying either.

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SJL78
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SJL78
5 years ago

I bet this same guy was wondering why he trash was all over.

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Melody L.
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Melody L.
5 years ago

He was part of the problem.

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Abegail
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Abegail
5 years ago

Poor guy.

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Missy M.
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Missy M.
5 years ago

If you feed them, you also need to to TNR.

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YankeeTicketMan
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YankeeTicketMan
5 years ago

agreed.

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John H.
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John H.
5 years ago

Personally, if your ONLY feeding them, your part of the problem. You should also make it a point to do TNR if your feeding them. If your not willing to do that, dont feed them.

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BuilderBob
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BuilderBob
5 years ago

Have a heart Galveston!

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Illbewaitingpet
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Illbewaitingpet
5 years ago

I would want to feed them and then trap and get them off the streets! I feel bad for the guy as he just loves animals!

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Gail
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Gail
5 years ago

Why doesnt the city of Galveston take the money it is going to cost them to go after this poor soul and use it to spay and neuter these cats instead of wasting it in persecuting this kind man.

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Barbara B.
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Barbara B.
5 years ago

He should not be fined. He is helping homeless living things. It is not there fault that their owner put them on the street or their parents. He is trying to help feed the hungry. Would you rather have starved to death cats laying around the neighborhood. If they fine him it should go to neutoring the cats.

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Melissa and Bossie F.
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Melissa and Bossie F.
5 years ago

Okay so let me get this right, if you feed wild animals, food that is good and healty for them, you automatically become thier provider and can be fined if there are to many? Well that say's alot about local laws!

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
6 years ago

Why are they not being spayed or neutered? I agree he is making the problem worse if the animals are not spayed and neutered, but I think he can't stand not to. If these cats were spayed and neutered the problem would not be worse.

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JoAnne B.
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JoAnne B.
6 years ago

His community should take a look at successful trap-neuter-release programs -- they work.

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michele s.
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michele s.
6 years ago

I do know that there is a law in most stated about Feeding Feral Cats but yet nothing seems to be done to help stop the these cats from breeding.

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Michaelene V.
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Michaelene V.
6 years ago

This is a county i would not want to be involved in. How can you watch as these animals are obviously hungry and do nothing? I would have done the same thing. If he could afford to help these animals then let him. I hope this guy stands up for himself. Also i hope he continues to feed them. They are now dependent on him for their survival.

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Jeanie F.
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Jeanie F.
6 years ago

I guess it's much more human to sit and watch them starve to death. As for the attorney...I assume his client was fined for shooting an animal...since I doubt that there are permits for cats.

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

He's only trying to help!!!! We need more people like him!!!!!

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Chris
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Chris
5 years ago

Amen!

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

There is something wrong here...he is in trouble for feeding the animals.

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kristie n.
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kristie n.
6 years ago

crazy he's not doing anything wrong

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Jholt
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Jholt
6 years ago

That's ridiculous. How can it be against the law to feed a hungry animal. You'd think they would have a lot bigger problems to be dealing with in court.

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

Glad someone cares to feed them, but finding them a good home would be better.

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Rachel G.
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Rachel G.
6 years ago

Sweet, so if I go and feed the bears that means I'm responsible for them?

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Melissa7271
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Melissa7271
6 years ago

I think his punishment is a little harsh. I hope they do the trap/neuter program now that this case is so well known. It would be nice if the community took some action. It would also be nice to hear a follow up later on.

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