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Date: 01-22-2016

Some don't want stray cats re-released

City council discussed options for rounding up stray cats in the city and having them spayed or neutered, then re-released.

Augusta city council members covered a short list of agenda topics before going into an executive session Wednesday night.

As they had in the November and December 2015 council meetings, council discussed options for rounding up stray cats in the city and having them spayed or neutered, then re-released.

The re-release was not the most desired method, but at least the feral cats would not be reproducing, officials said.

“Some of the folks who have been trying to get this done have been able to get about nine of the cats caught and altered, but there are more,” said councilman Wendell High on Thursday. “But it has been cold, so that plays into what can be done right now.”

Ongoing problems with the feral cats include protective felines lashing out at pedestrians, trash bin messes and general use of flower beds, porch furniture and yards by cats wandering the city.

City officials are continuing to ask for volunteers to form a trap-neuter and release group, High said.

Anyone interested in helping should contact Lacy Holleran at the Augusta Tourism office, 606-756-2183, or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

By Wendy Mitchell
Ledger Independent

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