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Volunteers to help with animal issues
Porterdale approves ordinance aimed at curbing strays

PORTERDALE - Nancy Naya has been a one-woman animal control force in Porterdale. Tuesday night, the City Council gave her the go-ahead to enlist some recruits in her efforts to curb the dog and cat populations in the mill town.

Naya, who captured 14 feral cats in her neighborhood alone in a six-week period, has been to several City Council meetings recently seeking the council's input on the problem of unwanted cats and dogs in Porterdale. Naya's goal is to have the city enact its own ordinances addressing animal control, in addition to the county ordinance that is already in force in the town.

Naya said Porterdale has a unique predicament when it comes to animal control. Because the town is populated largely by renters, pets are often left behind when their owners move away. She said she hopes city codes requiring more responsibility on the part of pet-owners will help limit that problem and will ensure better care for animals.

At Tuesday night's council work session, Naya's persistence was recognized with the council's request that she spearhead an effort to form a citizens advisory committee that will be charged with developing city animal control ordinances.

"We appreciate you volunteering to do this," said Councilwoman Kay Piper.

The council agreed to officially vote on formation of the committee at its Monday, July 7, meeting.

Naya, who has owned Chesapeake Bay retrievers for the past 32 years, said she hopes to recruit volunteers "who have the animals' welfare, as well as the citizens' welfare as it relates to animals, at heart."

Alice Queen can be reached at alice.queen@rockdalecitizen.com.