An estimated 200 feral cats at a trailer park in Chantilly, VA will be trapped and most likely euthanized starting next week, according to a local animal control officer.
Trailer park residents have been working since 2002 with Alley Cat Allies to control the stray cat population in humane ways. Volunteers have set out food and have been trapping animals to vaccinate and spray or neuter them.
But other residents have been frustrated with the cats and have complained about the damage they have done to their gardens and the mess that they have left.
The Meadows of Chantilly hired a company that will begin trapping the feral cats and taking them to a local animal shelter, where they will probably be put down.
Sgt. Andrew Sanderson of the county police department’s animal services division said that the plan is “definitely moving forward. There is nothing legally holding them back. They have every legal right to trap on their property.”
The management company put up notices: “We have talked to many residents. . . . The vast majority of you are asking us to reduce the feral cat population. It’s important everyone stop feeding both stray and feral cats immediately. We have contracted with a State approved agency who will trap the animals in the same way [Alley Cat Allies] does. The difference is the cats will not be returned to the community and will be put to sleep.”
Several residents are “absolutely sick” over the plan to trap the cats, and Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies, called the plan “hasty” and “cruel and misguided”.
“As we have tried to explain to the management company, simply removing the cats will only make room for new, unaltered cats to move in and breed prolifically. Within months, the Meadows will find itself with nearly as many cats as it started with,” said Robinson. “Spaying and neutering is the only effective way to manage outdoor cats.”
For more information on how to help the cats, visit Alley Cat Allies.
Source: Washington Post
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