Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Alabama

Q: A Ferrell tom cat got into my garage and killed one of my own cats.

I have a have-a-heart trap that I could try to catch him with. If successful can I release it anywhere away from my neighborhood or in some wooded area?

1 Lawyer Answer

Samuel G McKerall

Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Gulf Shores, AL

A: Interesting question. I know of no reason why you couldn't do that, except that your use of the word "anywhere" is a concern. It would not be wise to do it just anywhere. For example, releasing it in a residential area or near a school would be a bad idea. The best location would probably be a wooded area in a state or federal park. We have quite a number of those in Alabama,

You might try calling the animal control officer for your area, and see if they will catch it and remove it. That is, if you don;t live in an area like I do where the animal control officer is afraid of cats. In my town they'll come and get a dog that's on the loose, but not a cat.

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