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City could fine those feeding animals, citing a public nuisance

Posted at 1:15 PM, Apr 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-23 20:08:29-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Feeding animals might seem like something innocent, but it could result in a hefty fine according to city of Corpus Christi Animal Care Services Program Manager Joel Skidmore.

If it creates a public nuisance, he said, you could be in trouble.

"We're looking for the people who are not receptive," he said. "Unwilling to be receptive to education, and are creating the public nuisance, whether it is birds, wildlife, dogs or cats."

Skidmore said this includes people who continuously leave dog or cat food.

"Putting food out, and you are attracting a large amount of seagulls," he said "Well, the person next to you may not appreciate that. If you are unwilling to stop, we have a one-on-one discussion with you. Of course, you can absolutely face citations."

Feeding raccoons at Victoria Park in Flour Bluff has become a huge problem. While these creatures may look cute, they could carry diseases.

Jacqueline Fenner who owns Miss Jay's Curbside Pies said she loves to help animals, and those who need it the most. She even offers a special pizza for dogs.

"At the end of the day, they are a wild animals," he said. "I don't believe humans should be interacting in that respect. Dogs are more domesticated animals. I have no problem taking care of them."

The citation would depend on the officer and the municipal court, but offenders could face up to a $300 fine.

City council is expected to discuss this at next week's city council meeting.

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