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Oct 8, 2009 1:18 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Dune Road neighbor arrested for trespassing; claims he was protecting feral cats

Oct 8, 2009 1:18 PM

“When you have people, you have cats,” she said, noting that some part-time residents abandon their cats once the summer ends.

Feral cats are problematic on Dune Road because they often attack piping plovers, a federally listed threatened species. The cats also don’t have a good chance of making it through the cold winter months, Ms. Davison said.

Since feral cats are considered domestic animals, rules regarding the species are not regulated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Ms. Davison said. Southampton Town passed a no-kill law for feral cats in 2000, said Don Brambrick, supervisor at the Southampton Town Animal Shelter in Hampton Bays. The town-run animal shelter does not accept feral cats.

ARF, meanwhile, runs a trap, neuter and release program where residents trap feral cats and bring them to a participating veterinarian to get them spayed, neutered and vaccinated before releasing them back into the wild. Mr. Young did not participate in that program.

People can trap cats and get them spayed and neutered, but they have to release them in the same place where they trapped them, Mr. Brambrick explained.

“You can’t trap a cat, put it in your car and let it go 10 miles down the road,” he said. “That’s abandonment.”

According to state law, licensed trappers can trap nuisance animals, like raccoons, and release them elsewhere, or destroy them. The trappers are allowed to use kill traps, but those devices have to be specific to the animal. If a feral cat is caught in a wild animal trap, the trapper has to let it go, Mr. Brambrick said.

“They have to set the trap in a way that won’t kill another animal,” he said.

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A few things - a cat that is in a trap doesn't meow unless it's a tame cat. Ferals just thrash around but generally don't make a lot of noise b/c that would bring predators. So that was someone's cat. It is against the law for someone to trap and release a racoon. Most trappers take the whole trap, racoon and all, and immerse it in water. This kills the racoon in a very cruel manner. A real animal lover would never allow that. Feral cats should not be fed unless a trap, neuter and release ...more
By darwin (47), southampton on Oct 8, 09 2:12 PM
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Let's get this trappers name published. Kill traps are an abomination and so are the people who use them. There are frequently stories of people losing their pets to these things. Remember the lady who watched here poodle being crushed by one last year in Bridgehampton because she wasn’t strong enough to release it? The homeowners who hired” Steve" should be ashamed of themselves.
By bird (808), Southampton on Oct 8, 09 2:16 PM
All tame cats should be kept inside and feral cats should be terminated . Both types of cats decimate wild bird populations .
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Oct 8, 09 2:44 PM
Cats often prey on birds, they do not however decimate bird populations. If this were true robins, blue jays, chickadees, catbirds and other plentiful birds would be endangered. And while they fall victim to cat predation their populations are healthy. Humans decimated bird populations. Anyone who doesn't understand this has his/her head stuck in the sand, amongst other somewhat darker places. Habitat destruction, chemical despoilation, climate change, any number of human activities has decimated ...more
By we_are_stewards (3), Brookhaven on Oct 12, 09 6:25 PM
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If their intent is not to harm the cats, then why are the homeowners whining about cat hair in their air conditioning unit? They should at least be honest about their intentions . . .
By barnbabe (64), westhampton beach on Oct 8, 09 3:21 PM
I applaud Mr. Young as an animal lover, and dealing with what he had to do to make sure the most humane action was taken when he believed there was a cat suffering. I think I would have done the same. Thank you Mr. Young for being on the side of those that can't speak.
By pch50 (6), Hampton Bays on Oct 8, 09 7:50 PM
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I applaud Mr. Young as a real hero for following his conscience. Those terrible Jacobis and their trapper should be the ones arrested...for deliberate cruelty to poor little animals. Maybe one of them should stick an arm in a kill trap so they'll know of the pain and fear a trapped animal feels. Imagine that poor little kitten with its back end crushed. I could cry.
By SusieD (113), Southampton on Oct 8, 09 9:06 PM
The sad truth is that if you are kind to a predatory species it will be attracted to your neighborhood and destroy life. But even ignoring them won't necessarily keep lawyers out.
By highhatsize (4123), East Quogue on Oct 8, 09 9:28 PM
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Surprised you're not attempting to blame the police
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Oct 9, 09 12:03 PM
I'm sorry but the Jacobi's are really horrible people.

By NYC (7), Amagansett on Oct 8, 09 10:19 PM
Come on highhat,

"But even ignoring them won't necessarily keep lawyers out."

You are smarter than that. People love to bash lawyers, it has become something of a national pastime.

Having seen a variety of your comments, I would think you have a healthy respect for the role lawyers have in our society.

Just as in every trade or profession you will find the unscrupulous, but that should not diminish the important contributions many lawyers make towards helping ...more
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Oct 9, 09 8:10 AM
Some companies that do trapping will get these cats spayed and neutered but the trapper gets charged. It is quite expensive after a while. Yes kill traps are terrible, but the others are a good way to get pests out of your home. This man was trespassing and deserved to be arrested - it costs a lot of money to pay a company to trap animals that tear up the home. We've had damage caused by animals, cats and raccoons.
By LovedHerTown (132), southampton on Oct 9, 09 11:54 AM
I would love to know who the trapper is - dont be such a coward and let us know. To Mr. Young I applaud you - no animal should suffer like that cat or racoons. The Jacobi's are horrible people - They chose kill traps - shame on them and as stated above the other traps are just as bad - the animal sits in the cage and is then killed by the trapper anyway - real nice
By jacks (70), hampton bays on Oct 9, 09 12:34 PM
If there is a no-kill law in Southamton, the Jacobis have clearly violated same. They have confirmed they knew about the cats & they authorized the traps. Oh, and by the way, according to the State DEC web site, trapping raccoons during the summer is ILLEGAL - probably why this trapper refused to give his name. Mr. Young should be highly commended for his effeorts to save God's creatures. Organizations like ARF can only do so much - and they depend on volunteers like Mr. Young. The Jacobis ...more
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Oct 9, 09 1:25 PM
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Excellent idea, Ms. Public. Maybe if several of us write those same agencies, we'll actually get some attention. If they violated the law, the Jacobis and the trapper should feel the hand of Justice.
By SusieD (113), Southampton on Oct 9, 09 2:26 PM
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By pmofo (37), East Quogue on Oct 9, 09 8:22 PM
The Jacobis should leave the area. They are terrible people to have an innocent man arrested who is just trying to take care of homeless cats. I belive this same trapper kills the raccoons and cats. Hello police department you arrested the wrong person.
By nurse (53), sag harbor on Oct 9, 09 11:51 PM
Ms. Jane Q. Public - that trapping law only is if the trapper intends to kill and sell the pelt - that has nothing to do with home pest control. I called the DEC. What I found amusing was that alot of the DEC website's info didn't include information to the public about certain trappings for animals with diseases like rabies and lymes. Maybe homeowners out here should call a local pest control company and find out the exact reasons WHY the DEC wants these animals taken out. It's a sad fact, ...more
By LovedHerTown (132), southampton on Oct 10, 09 7:45 AM
A bench trial for springing a cat free and "Steve" continues on his merry way. Selective enforcement in Westhampton.
My guess is Mr. Young is found guilty of trespass and let slide on the criminal mischief. Lets go to the video tape.
By Ebby (75), Sag Harbor on Oct 10, 09 9:16 AM
From the description in the article, I believe that ALL of the traps were kill traps. The only,"body-grab", traps that I know of strangle the animal and fracture its spine. Had the traps been humane, no-kill models, the Jacobis would have said so. Instead, they are finessing us; pretending that they, "wouldn't hurt any animal - ever.", (except for the two kill traps that they acknowledge).

They were probably surprised when the reporter contacted them. Had they had a few minutes to ...more
By highhatsize (4123), East Quogue on Oct 11, 09 3:58 AM
I had a neighbor that didn't like my neutered cats. He put out anit-freez (per my vet). One was found laying against a tree, gone. Another I took to the vet and hand fed daily on my visits. But it was just days that he passed because the anti-freez had gone through his system and the organs were shutting down. He died a day before his 1st birthday. This neighbor refused to listen to me when I told him my cats (3) were not his problem, but the racoons that slept under his deck. He too was a part-time ...more
By Sky King (4), Hampton Bays on Oct 11, 09 1:19 PM
well everyone is allowed to there opinion.....and mine is that these 'people' and there 'property' is what is wrong with materialistic things and greedy action.

they probably do not believe in karma, but maybe some hurricane will destroy there precious house on stilts.

now if i personally witness the harming of a small fuzzy little creature, i would step in and deliver my own form of justice and take the punishment that came my way...

so watch out animal killers there ...more
By year round (22), southampton on Oct 12, 09 11:28 AM
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I like how they say "we would never hurt an animal ever", but they set up 2 kill traps!! I guess this stuff doesnt happen i the city!!??
By jonnyhampton (29), Southampton on Oct 12, 09 10:10 PM
All charges against Tom Young DISMISSED today. YEE HAHHHHH!

For once, The Good Guy wins.
By barnbabe (64), westhampton beach on Oct 15, 09 9:46 PM
The Hampton Classic, Horse Show, Bridgehampton