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Express-News: Alamo Heights mulls feral cat remedy

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  • Laura McKieran
    Alamo Heights mulls feral cat remedy Web Posted: 10/09/2007 10:46 PM CDT Express-News The [Alamo Heights] City Council is considering adopting a program to
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      Alamo Heights mulls feral cat remedy

      Web Posted: 10/09/2007 10:46 PM CDT

      Express-News

      The [Alamo Heights] City Council is considering adopting a program to
      humanely manage the city's feral cat population.

      The plan would trap feral cats, vaccinate and sterilize them, notch
      their ears for identification and return them to their habitat under
      volunteer care, Police Chief Rick Pruitt said during a presentation
      to the council. Kittens and tame cats would be adopted, he said.

      Between 2005 and 2007, Alamo Heights trapped more than 60 cats, none
      of which were claimed by owners, and one was adopted — by the police
      chief. The city spent nearly $6,300 in that time to impound,
      euthanize and dispose of the cats.

      The new program would be more cost-effective and would lower breeding
      rates, Pruitt said. The feral cats also would continue to help manage
      rodent and snake populations.

      Pruitt said he would work with City Attorney Mike Brenan to update
      the city's animal ordinance and bring the changes to the council
      during a future meeting.


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