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Possible Fix To Feral Cat Problem

WEST CARROLLTON -- Fighting back against stray cats.  The City of West Carrollton is teaming up with the Animal Resource Center to help control the feral cat population,
 
We first uncovered the huge feral cat problem in last summer.  We found hundreds of stray cats roaming the streets, yards and porches of perturbed residents.

"They come around.  They just come out of the woodwork.  I just saw two new ones pop up recently," said Debbie McGraw of West Carrollton.

West Carrollton has already tried a few different things to control the cat population.  But so far, nothing seems to really be working.
 
"They come to the area.  They follow all the other cats over here and they come here to eat," McGraw said.

But now the city is teaming up with ARC, implementing a new program that would allow residents to bring in stray cats to be spayed or neutered.  The felines would then be returned to the area they were found.   The cost is ten bucks for males, and 15 for females.  The big question now is, will anyone actually do it?

"That is good.  I like that.  I prefer them to be spayed and neutered.  But you have some people out there who live on a limited income. They can't afford it," said Patty Rogers of West Carrollton.

"Some might and then there's some who won't even spend the couple dollars that it costs and then it becomes people like mine's problem," McGraw said.

"People nowadays, they don't seem to go out of their way for humans much less animals," Rogers agreed.

But city officials are hoping there will be least a few residents who will step up to the plate, fixing the problem by fixing the ferals.

ARC is applying for a grant from PetSmart to offset the costs of the spay and neuter program.  A similar program is underway in Vandalia and Huber Heights.

 
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