By Dr. Andrew Jones
A small town in BC has been in the news over their stray cat problem.
The Nicola Valley Animal Rescue says more than 500 feral cats roam the streets of Merritt.
The rescue group has set up feeding stations, but this does not sit well with the by law officers.
They are removing the food on a daily basis, then the group goes around and tops it up.
And no one is happy.
The cats are using neighboring yards as litter boxes- creating unpleasant odors.
A bylaw officer has asked the RCMP to charge the group criminally.
But a spokesperson for the group says that they are the ONLY ones doing anything about the problem.
They are catching the cats, and having them spayed/neutered.
Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
P.S. Clearly there is a problem with individuals not having their cats spayed/neutered, then letting them roam.
Merrit is a small town near where I grew up- in fact we used to travel there to go to the dentist (yikes!), and go to the A & W drive through ( does anyone remember that? )
It’s not the most ‘progressive’ town, and the prevailing attitude would be:
‘ A cat’s a cat and I’m not spending 200 bucks to fix it’
Hence the cat overpopulation problem.
So the charges should be against the people that have chosen to not alter their cats and let them become feral.
P.P.S. I would love to hear what you think about this- feel free to leave a comment.
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