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Wild cats a big problem

Feral cats are becoming an increasing problem at the Gemfields.
Feral cats are becoming an increasing problem at the Gemfields.

WHILE the thought of fluffy kittens might bring a smile to the faces of some, it is definitely not the case for residents on the Gemfields.

One local said she has about a dozen felines that come and go from her property every day, and despite the fact the cats are not hers, she has been placed in a very frustrating predicament.

She has called the EPA, RSPCA, Animal Cruelty, DPI and the council, but they have done little to help her with the situation.

"They all told me lightly to put them down humanely," she said. "I don't know what to do. How does one go about doing that?"

To do this, the woman would need to have the cats euthanised at the vet, which would cost her upwards of about $600 for the lot.

"I'd be paying for it and they are just not my cats," she said.

However, if the woman decided to take the problem into her own hands, she would be charged with either abandonment or animal cruelty.

"I'm sort of left in a situation where I can't do anything," she said.

The woman said the situation started months ago when a mother cat started dropping her litter of kittens at the back door.

"They have just multiplied since then," she said. "There is a huge cat problem on the Gemfields. There is nowhere where this problem can be re-addressed. The council needs to resurrect their cat pound and do something about it."

She said the situation was only going to get worse if nothing was done.

"There are another 18 or 20 kittens in the woodwork about to come out I'd say," she said. "You see them running across the road all the time."


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