Washington, DC

There’s Always a Catch

“Dear Popville,

Please help. About two months ago our neighbors adopted a cat from the Humane Rescue Alliance as part of DC’s Blue Collar Cat program, which is aimed at helping to curtail DC’s rodent problem. Sounds great, right? Well, the cat has decided to make the back entrance of our building it’s outdoor litter box.

That means we have anywhere from 1 to 5 piles of cat feces lining the back entrance of our building on a daily basis. Despite repeated requests to the owners of the cat to pick up after it, they refuse to do so. They put a litter box in their backyard but the cat continues to defecate in the back of our building. We continue to ask them to clean up after the cat, and have sent them photos documenting the issue, but they absolutely refuse to clean up after it.

Their only response is that other neighbors like having the cat around and they argue that our trash is responsible for our neighborhood’s rat problem, which is not accurate. Our building has been diligent about keeping our trash area clean, we worked with a neighboring building to get them to clean up their trash area, and we have been working with a pest control company for over a year to help address the rat problem.

We don’t appear to have any recourse because the cat is protected by DC law (see below). PLEASE HELP. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!”


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