The mayor of Randolph, Iowa is taking drastic measures to curb the feral cats in the area.
Since March 1, Mayor Vance Trively’s plan of putting a bounty on all stray cats has been in effect. If a resident can lure a cat and catch it, the person will get five dollars.
If a cat or dog does not have a tag or collar on, the animal will kept “for a time for people to claim them”. If they are not claimed, they will be euthanized.
Randolph City Councliman Allen Wendland said, “Either people keep their cats in or like dogs, if they keep ‘em under control we shouldn’t have a problem, it’s just the stray ones and cats propagate quite frequently.”
Several residents, including Chasidy Wederquist, said the bounty plan is ridiculous and that killing the animals is not the right way to deal with the stray cats.
Community members also have gone on the city’s community web site and called the bounty plan inhumane and stated it is dangerous to family pets.
But city officials disagree. Wendland said, “There’s not much of a bounty on ‘em to where people are gonna make a lot of money on it.”
Some animal organizations are worried that people will take pets and take off their collars or tags, so they can get the bounty money.
John Snyder of the Humane Society of the United States said he doesn’t have a problem with humanely killing a feral cat, but said the money spent on the bounty and the vet expenses would be better used on hiring a professional.
Snyder stated, “I’m concerned about children, people trying to capture these cats that don’t have knowledge of what they’re doing, being scratched or injured or inhumanely handling these cats for five bucks. Is it worth it?”
It has been reported that two cats have been already turned in since March 1.
(Thanks Michelle and Genevieve)