Borough of
New Bethlehem

210 Lafayette Street
New Bethlehem, PA. 16242
Phone: (814) 275-2003
Fax: (814) 275-4269
[email protected]

Borough Cat License Clarification

Cats---New-Bethlehem-BoroughNEW BETHLEHEM, PA – A recent Leader-Vindicator article reported New Bethlehem Council’s brief discussion during a Council meeting regarding complaints received about loose cats damaging residents’ property. As some of the comments, some said in jest, have been misconstrued, Council wishes to clarify its position.

The brief discussion, among the many issues discussed that evening, arose because complaints have been received and council’s assistance had been requested to address damage caused by cats running loose, the proliferation of feral or uncared for kittens and cats, cats defecating in and tearing up gardens, spraying outdoor furniture and other destructive and damaging behavior on property of Borough residents.

No action was taken at the meeting. Council is looking into what can be done legally to address the concerns of residents about the damages they are incurring.

Council supports the humane treatment of animals, does not advocate harming any animals and encourages pet owners to be responsible for their pets, including not feeding feral cats, having outside cats spayed and neutered, keeping dogs on leash or under control, and guarding against damage to neighbors’ property. Pet waste must be removed from public or private property not their own without trespassing. Waste must be properly disposed of and may not be allowed to accumulate or create an odor so as to become a nuisance.

As stated in the Leader-Vindicator article, under the current 2006 animal control ordinance, the Borough provides humane traps that residents can borrow with a security deposit for removal to an animal control or humane society facility. It provides for fines for damage caused by pets and for recovery of damages through court proceedings.

Constructive feedback with solutions that will not increase costs to taxpayers are welcomed.

Upcoming Events

May
29
Mon
12:00 am Martial Arts Classes
Martial Arts Classes
May 29 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
Martial arts classes are offered by the American Karate Academy at First Baptist Church in Distant on Monday Evenings. See www.winterhawk.info or call 724-868-2771.
Jun
1
Thu
all-day Martial Arts Classes
Martial Arts Classes
Jun 1 all-day
A variety of classes are offered by the American Karate Academy at the First Baptist Church in Distant including martial arts classes on Thursday evenings. See www.winterhawk.info or call 724-868-2771.
7:00 am Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Jun 1 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 am
The Men’s Prayer Breakfast group meets at Shepherd’s Inn on Broad Street on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month.
8:00 am Women’s Prayer Breakfast @ New Bethlehem Presbyterian Church
Women’s Prayer Breakfast @ New Bethlehem Presbyterian Church
Jun 1 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Women’s ecumenical prayer breakfast meets on the first Thursday at New Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, 403 Penn Street, with guest speakers.
9:00 am Yoga Class
Yoga Class
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Every Thursday morning 9:00 to 10:00 AM New Bethlehem Presbyterian Church. Call Babs at 724-525-0792. Sold in blocks of 6 classes for $36.00. Walk ins are welcome.