By ANDY GARDNER
MASSENA -- A village resident would like to see the municipality require all domestic cats to be licensed.
Charles Romigh, a resident of Monroe Parkway, told the village Board of Trustees on Tuesday night that there is a cat nuisance law on the books but says he is flabbergasted that it isn’t enforced.
“I find it amazing,” he said.
Romigh said that if a dog was running loose and soiling a neighbor’s lawn, the owner would be ticketed if police became involved.
He is concerned that loose cats will spread rabies to children via a bite or scratch. The Public Health Department has noted a rise in confirmed rabies cases in St. Lawrence County over last year.
“If cats are out at night and they tangle with [a skunk or raccoon], there’s a good chance it might be rabid,” Romigh said.