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      Sylvania residents differ on new cat law

      Sylvania resident Karol Smith doesn't think the fines will stop people from feeding strays.

      Sylvania residents are divided over a new law that went into effect on Tuesday aimed at curbing the city's increasing stray cat population.On Monday Sylvania City Council passed a new law that prohibits the feeding of stray cats.In an e-mail to NBC 24 Leslie Brinning, the city of Sylvania Law Director, wrote: "The legislation passed by Sylvania City Council on Monday provides an additional enforcement option for use in extreme and egregious situations where the feeding of feral cats is creating unsanitary conditions that are a menace to the health of Sylvania residents."

      Violation of the minor misdemeanor incurs a $150 fine for the first offense and a $250 fine for the second offense.Sylvania resident Karol Smith doesn't think the fines will stop people from feeding strays. "No, not at all, if you are an animal lover and you care about animals you are going to feed the animals, those fines don't mean anything," Mrs. Smith said.