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Village adopts feral cat plan

PENN YAN—In October after several months of study, the Penn Yan Village Board adopted a program to control the population of feral cats in the village. Cats were again the topic of comment at the Nov. 18 meeting as representatives of the organization, Reigning Cats and Dogs, made a presentation about control methods and the reasons why they disagreed with the village’s plan. Last month the village adopted a program that would allow feral cats to be removed from private property only at the request of the property owner. The cats would then be taken to a site where they would receive health evaluations, be spayed or neutered and then taken to rural property to live. Group president Robert Krause stated groups such as the Humane Society and the SPCA have found that this type of control, trap and remove, does not work. His organization proposes one difference: that the cats be returned to the area where they were trapped. Krause outlined benefits including population stabilization, significantly fewer new kittens, spraying and howling greatly reduced, healthy cat colonies and the rodent population kept in check. The group would charge the village the same amount as it has agreed to, $30 per cat. Krause maintained new, unsterilized cats would fill the vacuum created by removal of cats, maintaining the method his goups proposed would reduce the population of feral cats by 50 percent or more. The organization would maintain feeding stations in what Krause termed proper areas.

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