Saturday, May 19, 2007
Motznik Cat Sting Nets Hundreds
Family Pet “Boots” Dodges Dragnet, Leads Police on Low-Speed Chase
City Councilman Jim Motznik’s legislation requiring all city cats to be properly licensed was kicked off by a city-wide dragnet yesterday. Scores of police set up road-blocks and check-points along the most heavily traveled thoroughfares looking for felines driving without a license or with one that had been previously revoked. City canines lauded the effort, pointing to the fact that dogs have been unfairly singled out and profiled for years.
O’Malley family pet “Boots” spotted a roadblock along Ohio River Blvd and took off in the opposite direction with a battery of black and whites in hot pursuit. Boots was finally apprehended without further incident when the family SUV ran out of gas.
The day-long dragnet was so successful, city leaders said it will probably be repeated at least once a month for the remainder of the year and might become a permanent part of Mayor Ravenstahl's Redd-Up Campaign. “Once we get the unlicensed cat population under control, we’ll then move on to the raccoons,” Motznik told reporters.