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NJ: Protect community cats in Berlin Township.

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Ask Berlin Township to allow war veteran to continue caring for cats.

Community Cat Image Legislative Alert

Since the turn of the century, Bill Richardson has been caring for community cats (which includes feral and stray cats) in his local neighborhood. Mr. Richardson is an 87-year-old Korean War veteran, who has lived in his low-income senior living complex for 17 years. Earlier this year, Mr. Richardson was charged with the “crimes” of “maintaining a nuisance” and having an unlicensed cat in his home. He was simply caring for the cats in his neighborhood; however, the township actually spent taxpayer funds to prosecute Mr. Richardson for his kindness.
Luckily, his plight was noticed by a local attorney who offered to help him through the court proceedings. He ultimately plead guilty to having an unlicensed cat, and the nuisance charge was dropped. However, he still could face eviction by his landlord for feeding the cats. Mr. Richardson has been needlessly put through months of stress and pressure for simply having a big heart and caring for the cats in his community. The local officials in Berlin Township have the ability to put this situation to rest once and for all, allowing Mr. Richardson to live in peace as he deserves.
Please take action today to support Mr. Richardson and the community cats in Berlin Township by sending an email directly to Mayor Magazzu, asking her to allow Mr. Richardson to care for the community cats.
Thanks! Together, we can Save Them All.


  • Mayor Phyllis Magazzu


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Dear [Decision Maker],

We all want safe and humane communities in New Jersey. Community cat caretakers like Bill Richardson and the TNR programs they manage should be supported and embraced in Berlin Township, and I encourage you to do just that. Thank you.