Cat Lovers Protest Ordinance Against Roaming Felines

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The city of Akron has received e-mails from around the United States -- and even from outside of the country -- concerning a new ordinance that allows animal wardens to pick up roaming cats.

The city has gotten so many, in fact, that officials have created a new link on the city's Web site (link located in "On Action News Now" section of this page) in an effort to explain the law.

Meanwhile, some cat lovers in Akron made their crusade political on Monday.

They went to the Summit County Board of Elections and denounced their Democratic-party affiliations in response to the passage of the law by the all-Democratic City Council.

The law, which goes into effect on June 25, allows for cats to be picked up -- only if a complaint is made -- and held for just three days before being destroyed.

Council President Marco Sommerville said that he doesn't understand all of the fuss, pointing out that the law simply makes cat owners responsible for their pets.

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