Utah Resident Received Misdemeanor Charges After Her Cat Rested in Her Yard

Kate Anderson of Murray got a surprise when an animal control officer stopped by her home and issued a citation. The charge was allowing her cat to lay in her yard unrestrained.

“He’s got a cat door, so he just comes and goes and is a cat,” Anderson said.

Someone took a photo of her cat in the front yard not restrained and turned it into animal control. In 1963, the city of Murray passed an ordinance that made it illegal for any animal to run at large. If the animal is not on a leash, in a vehicle or secured in a yard, they are considered at large.

“I don’t think most people think it is illegal to let your cat outside under any circumstance,” Anderson said.

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