The bylaws were championed by Concord resident Lydia Lodynsky, who was fed up with unruly felines swallowing up wild birds in her backyard. Her argument hinged on the fact that local dogs were subject to leash laws, so why shouldn’t other pets meet the same fate? As she tells the Boston Globe of the mangy cats: “They were brought here and domesticated; they aren’t part of the natural food chain.”
Still, Concord residents weren’t going to let their kitties be banished to remain indoors for the rest of their nine lives, and voted down Lodynsky’s bylaws. Aside from the freedom of their cats, residents were also slightly embarrassed at the attention the furry debate has drawn to Concord.
From Wicked Local Concord:
“This is going to put a black eye on Concord,” James Brown, a resident of Bedford Street said at the meeting. “I think we have a lot of laughs coming our way and I don’t want to be a part of it. This is a personal issue and it’s been made into a town issue.”
Here at BostInno, we’re 98 percent sure our resident cat lover, Dave Eisenberg, made a detour to Concord on his drive home last night to cast his vote against Lodynsky’s bylaws. As Dave once told me, “Cats are the epitome of everything that is right in this world.”
Yeah, Dave, just wait ‘til the crazy cats of Concord make their way into your neighborhood to terrorize the streets, meowing, purring and clawing at all hours of the day and night. Just try getting rid of them – nine lives ain’t something to mess with.
Plus, on a slightly related note, Concord did pass a law this week banning the sale of plastic water bottles within town limits. I can only imagine that the unruly felines will create a black market for the illegal sale of plastic water bottles. Concord, you’ve got a mess on your hands.
Go, Kitty. For more on the cat's relationship with the law, see below: