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Cat Euthanasia Topic of Heated Debate in Fairborn

FAIRBORN -- Feral cat populations have been growing in cities throughout the Miami Valley. Monday night Fairborn was at the center of the latest heated debate.

"I've lived here my whole life. We can do better! There is a better way," Fairborn's Lisa Mcain Null Hart tearfully addressed the council.

One by one by one cat lovers pleaded with the Fairborn city leaders for a humane solution. Since 2012 the city has used a private contractor that traps and euthanizes stray possums, raccoons, and cats

Many speakers accused the Fairborn euthanasia by gas as outright cruelty and brutality. Not to mention it's expensive. Some accused the council for outright ignoring the facility.

"Clearly we have an issue that we as a city need to address," Fairborn Mayor Dan Kirkpatrick said.

Cat advocates are encouraging the city to adopt the trap neuter release method that is used in counties around the     Miami Valley.

The heartfelt pleas brought one council member to tears and all agreed something should change.

"I know that we brought this to their attention they will do everything they can to make this right and good and humane."

The council members promised to read up on trap neuter and release programs and will hold a special citizens forum next Monday to find a solution.

 
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