I just talked to Officer Demascio from the West Valley Shelter, who said they have always enforced this law. Feeding ferals is not illegal, but feeding non domesticated predators is. She stated food left for ferals CAN be eaten by non-domesticated predators.
Don't they have to prove such predators are eating food left for ferals, rather than an unintended consequence might be that such mammals also eat the food? One is not deliberately feeding these mammals when the food is left for ferals who are feeding while you watch.
Or, as the rude woman at the West Valley Shelter told Kim Mixon, the cats can eat birds and mice.
Enforcement of this code eliminate TNR in Los Angeles.
SEC. 53.06.5. FEEDING OF NON-DOMESTICATED MAMMALIAN PREDATORS PROHIBITED.
(Amended by Ord. No. 175,383, Eff. 9/14/03.)
(a) No person shall feed or in any manner provide food or cause to be fed any non-domesticated mammalian predator including, but not limited to, coyotes, foxes, possums, raccoons and skunks.
(b) This section shall not apply to any person who has legal possession of any non-domesticated mammalian predator and who has a permit from the State Department of Fish and Game to keep the animal. This section shall not apply to any person who provides food or water to any non-domesticated mammalian predator while the animal is injured, trapped or unweaned provided that the person notifies the State Department of Fish and Game within 48 hours of commencing the care.
(c) Any person violating this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or by imprisonment in the County Jail for a period not more than six months, or by both a fine and imprisonment.