Cat tether laws are the things of e-mail jokes.
And the goofy, silly towns that enact these laws are the deserving targets of scorn and belly-laugh derision.
I don't know why stories like this aren't news, when a vigorous run around the block to pick a worthy fight is in order.
In July, 2007, I was mad and itching for a scrap with whoever was killing cats in large numbers in my neighborhood—as well as with animal welfare and the police for doing nothing. Rife with political references and probably profanity, you can read my comments here: http://sayit-sayit-sayit.blogspot.com/2007/07/joy-of-killing.html.
I assert Edmond's cat leash law is deference to the bird sanctuary group, and it and other statutes promote a culture of companion animal murder. Thank heaven for free roaming cats, without which my neighborhood would be crawling with rats, and we'd all have plague.