It came to me that when Animal Services or the City Attorney demands that anyone reduce the number of cats (or dogs) under his/her care by stopping feeding them, providing water or shelter, they are actually demanding that you commit criminal acts of animal abandonment and animal neglect, chargeable either as a misdemeanor or felony, in order to comply with a mere City permit ordinance.
In the Madow case, the Hearing Officer is demanding Madow to abandon his animals so they can wander off and die, in order to comply with City Ordinance 5150, which requires a kennel permit which the department refuses to give out, and to placate a complaining neighbor. The neighbor appears to be the felon, not Madow.
Lavato's demand is essentially to kill the cats by starvation, being hit by cars whike searching for food, and allowing complaining neighbors kill them.
My God, there is only one response to this kind of demand to commit a criminal act far more atrocious than violation of the kennel permit ordinance.
I urge that each of you who feels under threat of AS or CA demands to abandon and neglect animals, just refuse to comply and take the consequences.
Feed them and give them water, just not openly on the front law. Don't bait them. But no more.
Ron Mason and I are going to meet with Marc to access his situation and plan what can be done. Fortunateley, Marc has an international blog with a following all over the world. The whole world will watch this case as it unfolds.