A.F. from Tolland County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
I have a neighbor who is always putting out food for wild and stray animals. Over the last few months we have had a problem with stray cats and raccoons. We live in an area where there is abundant wildlife and I am afraid that if she continues to offer food to these animals it is only a matter of time before we have larger and perhaps more dangerous animals on the property. I have reported this behavior to the condo Board but so far they haven’t done anything that I know of. Do you have any thoughts?
Mister Condo replies:
A.F., it is easy to admire your neighbor’s compassion for wild and stray animals. However, you are absolutely correct in being concerned for the safety of your community that she is compromising by breaking the rules and feeding the stray animals. Since you have already brought this matter to your Board’s attention, I encourage you to be patient and work with your Board to correct your neighbor’s behavior. Stray animals bring all sorts of disease and pestilence into human living areas. Almost all condo associations have rules banning the practice and also fining the rule breakers. My guess is that your Board will follow the proper procedure of writing a warning letter to your neighbor, followed by a request for her to appear before the Board who may then fine her if the problem continues. There really isn’t too much other than that that you can easily do. If the feeding continues and you want to take real action, you could hire an attorney and bring suit against the association for not taking steps to correct the problem and/or your neighbor for violating the rules of the community and putting your safety at risk. Hopefully, it won’t come to that. The last thing your community needs is neighbor fighting like cats and dogs just to bring about a little animal control. All the best!