Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Killingly CT tough on feral felines

Killingly to take a tough stand on feral felines
WTNH, Connecticut - July 11, 2006

People living in Killingly are fed up with a growing problem of groups of cats running wild.
by News Channel 8's Tina Detelj
The animal control officer for that region says there are no state laws which allow her to take these stray cats in or require the former owners to spay or neuter them.
Because of that she says this problem may be growing out of control.
"There's been litters that have been born underneath the dumpsters."
Behind this Killingly Shopping Plaza and near an abandoned building in downtown Danielson just two places where colonies of as many as fifty feral felines have moved in.
"They live in amongst all of this stuff here."
Animal Control Officer Dianne Collette covers four towns but says this is a statewide problem even if some people do not seem to mind.
Keith Ellis, Danielson, says,"It doesn't really bother me. Cats are cats. Not a big deal."
Terry Basley feeds the cats because she cares.
Basley says,"There's no danger of them starving to death as long as I'm around."
But Collette says she may be feeding into a problem growing out of control.
Collette says,"In five to six years we can have almost 6,500 cats just from two cats."
That is because the kittens can start having kittens as early as four months old.
The animal control officer says the problem begins with situations like the one at this apartment. The tenant moves out leaving a mother cat and her litter behind.
Shortly after spotting one of the kittens the mother returned and she was pregnant again. Dianne Collette tried to catch her but she got away. Street smarts which allow these cats to run wild.
Collette says,"They live with the wild animals so there's a potential of them being exposed to rabies."
Collette says this problem will continue to grow because with no state laws requiring cats to be spade or neutered or even licensed.
Collette says,"I can't do anything."
Collette says there are state laws requiring rabies vaccinations and also allow her to take cats in if they scratch or bite someone but not if they are simply growing out of control.
She says towns need to pass their own ordinances and some have.