PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Monday, April 23, 2012

Should Cats Be On Leashes?

(Flickr/Shamanic Shift)

Concord, Mass., resident Lydia Lodynsky says that neighborhood cats destroyed her backyard bird sanctuary, despite a 6-foot fence, and she wants to do something about it.

After approaching her neighbors and receiving no response, she’s now proposing several Citizen’s petitions at a town meeting scheduled for Monday night.

The petitions call for an Animal Control officer to be hired, require that cats be licensed, vaccinated and regulated, and urge that the Town Manager and Board of Selectmen establish principles and guidelines for “Responsible Pet Ownership.”

While many towns require that cats be licensed or spayed and neutered, Lydia wants Concord to join the few American jurisdictions that have laws that regulate cat’s wanderings. Lydia told Here & Now‘s Robin Young that she saw a drop in the bluebird population in her yard from six males and females down to one male, after a cat got the last females.

“It was the saddest thing because for three weeks we had to listen him with the mating calls searching because there were no more females left in the area,” she said.

Guest:

  • Lydia Lodynsky, Concord, Massachusetts resident

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Spotlight

Peter O’Dowd follows the route of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train 150 years ago, to look at modern-day race relations and Lincoln's legacy.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

May 26 4 Comments

Old-Fashioned Bell Helps 12-Year-Old Minnesota Boy Battle Cancer

David Gerfast and his family are fighting cancer with an old-fashioned ship captain's bell and high-tech proton beam radiation.

May 26 2 Comments

Just (Lobster) Roll With It: Variations On A Summer Tradition

In New England, lobster rolls are a summer tradition, but if you ask 100 chefs how to make one, you'll get 100 different answers.

May 25 Comment

Father’s Love For Fallen Son Inspires Memorial Day Tradition

In what has become an annual tradition, volunteers join Paul Monti, whose son died while serving in Afghanistan, to plant flags at each gravestone at the Massachusetts National Cemetery.

May 25 3 Comments

An Ordinary Day At Arlington National Cemetery

Official ceremonies will be held at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Memorial Day. Here & Now's Lisa Mullins has this report of an ordinary day at the cemetery.