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Alley Cat Allies Supports Brevard County, Florida Citizen in Lawsuit Against County Commissioners
A lawsuit has been filed against the Brevard County Board of Commissioners for illegally suspending key portions of a 13-year-old county ordinance establishing Trap-Neuter-Return for feral cats in Brevard County.
The suit asks the court to determine that the Board of County Commissioners violated both state and local law when they suspended key provisions of the TNR ordinance and imposed a moratorium on new registrations of colonies without proper advance public notice and hearing. The commissioners acted after a single citizen raised objections to TNR.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a citizen of Brevard County who was refused legal registration of a feral cat colony she had been caring for on a property adjacent to hers under the Brevard County Trap-Neuter-Return ordinance, including neutering and vaccinating cats with her own money. Just days after the Board’s illegal actions, the citizen discovered animal control workers trapping the cats, and she was told they would be taken to a local shelter and killed.
The undemocratic actions by Brevard County Commissioners to roll back Trap-Neuter-Return—without public input or a vote—will have dire consequences for the community. TNR has greatly benefitted the Brevard community for 13 years. Gutting this program will mean a return to the deadly and ineffective policies of the past.
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Alley Cat Allies Posts an Open Letter to Brevard County, FL Commissioners to Protect Cats
Today we published an open letter to Brevard County, Florida Commissioners asking them not to dismantle a longstanding Trap-Neuter-Return ordinance.
Brevard County has served as a model for humane care for cats since 1999, when it was one of the first U.S. counties to adopt TNR, the only effective and humane approach to feral cats. Since then, thousands of communities across the nation have embraced TNR in place of catch and kill.
Now, with no warning, the commissioners have abruptly halted key components of this lifesaving program and are threatening to chip away at its effectiveness. This is the wrong move.
We're offering to help get Brevard County back on the right track. Help us spread the word by sharing our letter.
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Brevard County, Florida Residents: Speak Up to Protect Cats
For more than a decade, humanely caring for cats in Brevard County has been encouraged by one of this country’s earliest Trap-Neuter-Return ordinances. But this groundbreaking local law is now in jeopardy—and so are the cats. In an abrupt move, county commissioners suspended colony registration and are considering new restrictions that will diminish the lifesaving impact of this law. We need your help to let them know this is the wrong move.
Alley Cat Allies and local Trap-Neuter-Return organizations have worked to improve the Brevard County community since 1999, when we partnered with Animal Services to help pass the County’s Trap-Neuter-Return ordinance. Thanks to this ordinance, thousands of cats have been neutered, vaccinated, and returned to their homes outdoors instead of being killed in shelters, benefiting both the cats and the community at large.
Now, with no forewarning, Brevard County has stopped accepting new registrations of feral cat colonies. And—to make matters worse—if additional restrictions pass, it will severely limit the ability of caregivers to register colonies going forward, dealing a serious blow to cat care in Brevard. This would be a devastating reversal for a community that served as a model for Trap-Neuter-Return. Moreover, this change would cause taxpayers to shoulder additional, increased animal control costs.
Don’t let Brevard County turn back the clock on humane care. Contact your county commissioners now and ask them to end the suspension of Trap-Neuter-Return colony registration and to preserve the ordinance as-is.
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