Catherine Reese has never been in trouble with the law, but when local code enforecement in her hometown of Kenner, Lousiana criminaly cited her for feeding feral cats that she was making a home for, she was devastated but fought back.
Reese was shocked to learn that the charges based on a controversial Kenner ordinance criminalizing feeding feral cats, was defective upon closely researching the law.
The local law, know as Ordinance 1427 [4-12] requires that a feral animal control board be in place to provide a managed approach to dealing with feral animal issues, such as feeding, trapping, and neutering the animals.
But Kenner, when enacting the controversial ordinance in 2003, failed to budget for the critical feral board and left it out. An active feral board supervising feral caregiving would have allowed feral feeding for Reese and hundreds other local residents to be perfectly legal.
Ordinance 1427 is unconstitutional, Reese charged in court papers she filed in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna seeking monetary relief from the city of Kenner. Reese does not have an attorney to issue a comment because she is representing herself in court.
Reese instead utilized a legal petitioner service, Alex Frias of www.DocsToWork.com after she was displeased that her former attorney did not pursue her civil violations against Kenner.
“Ms Reese is a fighter”, said Frias. “She is not one to allow herself to be bullied and I’m impressed how well she took charge of this issue”.
It’s Reese now charging that the City of Kenner, through its defective feral feeding ordinace, deprived her of her civil liberties when criminaly citing her. Reese maintains that there was no viable way for her or anyone to comply with the ordinance since there was no legislatively required feral board in place.
Ms Reese is relying laregely on civil protections she argues should be guaranteed under the Constituion of the State of Louisiana of 1974.
As a result of Reese’s case, the Jefferson Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) has been designated to be the correspnding feral board and local residents now can rest assured knowing that their feral animal caregiving will no longer result in criminal prosecution.
Ms Reese is still seeking the City of Kenner to answer for their enforecement practices prior to the feral board being implemented.
Any questions about a prior summons or arrest issued under the ordinance can be forwarded here or call 516 444-2923.