- Associated Press - Sunday, July 31, 2016

HOBART, Ind. (AP) - A northwestern Indiana woman can continue caring for nearly two dozen feral cats on her property even though city officials rejected her request for a kennel license.

City Attorney Anthony DeBonis said Jeannette Sichtermann, of Hobart, isn’t breaking any ordinances because she’s not keeping the 18 to 22 cats inside her home, the (Munster) Times reported (https://bit.ly/2aq8I7u ).

Sichtermann is caring the cats on 1.5 acres of her property and doesn’t want the animals euthanized, so she’s told officials she’s following a method for controlling the cat population that calls for the animals to be trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and returned to where they’ve been roaming.

“It’s a model that works,” Sichtermann said.

Sichtermann said she didn’t think a license was necessary but she applied for one because she’d been told she needed it.



She is also feeding the cats, but told the city that she’s not containing them on her property.

DeBonis said the city received just one complaint about littering - foam plates on Sichtermann’s property - but that it has been addressed.

The city won’t prohibit Sichtermann from continuing to care for the cats, but she was warned that could change if they discover she has more than three cats inside her home. City ordinance does require a kennel license to have four or more cats in a home.

Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor said it’s still possible the city can cite Sichtermann if the shelter she provides for the cats in the winter requires a kennel license. Sichtermann said city officials can monitor what she’s doing and she will allow them to visit her property.

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Information from: The Times, https://www.thetimesonline.com

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