Plan to trap feral cats also nabs pets

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A tiny western Pennsylvania borough's plan to trap stray cats has angered residents who say their pets have been swept up in the trapping effort, which the pet owners say wasn't well-publicized.

A local television station reports that angry pet owners pelted North Charleroi council members with questions at Monday night's council meeting. Adding to the drama was the absence of a newly -hired animal control officer who has been trapping the cats, but didn't show up at the meeting as requested.

The borough's attorney says residents have 48 hours to claim their pets if they're trapped. But residents say they wouldn't have known that because the trapping plans weren't well-publicized. But council members say they announced the plan at their August meeting.

Council is now considering giving residents up to 10 days to claim their cats.


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