By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE – City officials are discussing how to address the feral cat population here.
“Something needs to be done about the feral cat population,” said Councilman Ted Miciura, urging the hiring of another animal control officer at the Wyandotte Animal Shelter.
The number of feral cat complaints weren’t available at press time.
Resident Teena Smith said seeing the feral cats is sad.
“You can’t get close enough to them and you know they are hungry,” Smith said. “It isn’t their fault they are in this situation.”
Smith, said she’s angry at people who don’t spay and neuter their animals and the feral cat colonies grow.
Vicki Thompson of Allen Park attended a recent Wyandotte City Council meeting to weigh in on trap, neuter, release as a suggestion in controlling the problem.
“It’s a humane way to handle the situation,” said Thompson, a volunteer with the Precious Animal Welfare Society of Michigan.
While Miciura listened to Thompson and thanked her for being there, he said it is against the city’s ordinance to release a cat in the city and the city can’t contradict its own ordinance. Also, Miciura said residents aren’t going to spend their own money to have the animal spayed or neutered.
Councilman Daniel Galeski agreed with Thompson, that TNR would work. Yet, it comes back to residents not being able to perform such an act while abiding by the city’s ordinance.
Citing the magnitude of the feral cat problem, Galeski recalled a situation last year where a resident had about 30 kittens and cats in a condominium. Galeski said the maintenance company disposed of the animals somehow.
Galeski further noted that the residents pay taxes and animal control should be tending to the feral cat situation.
(Tereasa Nims can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)