The City encourages and supports actions to eliminate the problem of free-roaming, abandoned and feral cats. As a result of irresponsible societal attitudes, thousands of these cats exist in Lynwood. Unfortunately, most of these cats will suffer premature mortality from disease, starvation, or trauma. These free-roaming, abandoned and feral cats also represent a significant factor in the mortality of birds, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and other animals. This population of cats also poses a zoonotic disease risk for the public.
Due to the continued increase of free-roaming abandoned and feral cats, the City will enact changes in our existing policies that will establish greater accountability on those cat owners and property owners who foster the type of conditions that contribute to this city-wide problem.
The Public Safety Division will no longer engage in the routine trapping or removal of cats or kittens from private properties. However, the Division will respond to assist free- roaming, abandoned, and feral injured and sick cats that are at large. When the Division receives a complaint regarding a flea infestation, accumulation of feces, or excessive number of cats, a notice of violation is issued to the property owner/responsible party to abate the conditions. For a listing of regional cat rescues that can offer assistance to property owners, please visit the City’s website, Community Development page to view the animal rescue directory.
If you would like more information, feel free to contact the Public Safety Division at (310) 603- 0220, x 271.