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Mount Pleasant officials seek answers to feral cat problem

July 4, 2021 GMT

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Elected officials in Mount Pleasant are hoping the city and others in the community can work together to reduce the numbers of feral cats roaming some neighborhoods.

City commissioners this week postponed a vote on changing the current animal ordinance that would allow the impoundment of abused or neglected animals and limit the number of dogs or cats to three per household, the Mount Pleasant Morning Sun reported Wednesday.

Commissioner Lori Gillis said during the meeting that she lives in a neighborhood with feral cats and that last year 15 of them got into garages and used boats as scratching posts.

“There are different colonies in certain parts of the city, but they don’t exist in other parts of the city,” Gillis said. “I am an animal lover and it hurts me to see them limping or with one eye. It’s very disturbing … having to see these cats not being taken care of, and breeding and damaging property.”

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Humane Animal Treatment Society Executive Director Amanda Tillotson urged commissioners to continue allowing her organization to trap, neuter or spay and vaccinate homeless felines.

In a memo from Assistant Fire Chief Doug Lobsinger to Police Chief Paul Lauria, Lobsinger wrote that some residents feed stray cats and have been uncooperative with code enforcement officials, the newspaper reported.