Your outpouring of messages of continued support for Susan Mills and dismay at the illogical, irresponsible ruling of the Henrico Board of Zoning Appeals indicates that care of companion animals, including ones who are homeless, is both usual and habitual – as the Henrico County Attorney defined “customarily incidental.” Many of you have asked in one way or another “What’s next?” and we want you to know that we have not rested in our defense of the animals who rely on the Richmond SPCA to be their protectors and advocates.
- We are exploring the option of appealing this decision to the Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Feral cat caretakers in other areas of Henrico County should not stop feeding. Members of the board made statements in the course of yesterday’s hearing that they operate on a complaint basis, and that rulings and violation notices are situational. Should you be issued a violation for feeding or other care of feral cats, the Richmond SPCA will support your appeal of the violation. For this purpose, we plan to establish a fund in honor of Susan Mills and her heroic efforts to protect her group of feral cats.
- We are developing a campaign of passive resistance and expression of outrage. If you believe as we do that caring for companion animals is customarily incidental to a residence, and you wish to protect your rights as a resident of Henrico County, you will want to join us in resisting and protesting this ruling. More information will be posted as soon as it is available.
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