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March 1, 2012

Newton officials and citizens report that a large number of feral cats are roaming the city.

Some residents also say some pet cats have been caught and euthanized.

Have you observed an issue with feral cats throughout Newton and surrounding areas? Vote now in The O-N-E's latest reader poll at observernewsonline.com.

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Comments

Why did they kill the cats?

April 1, 2012 by whynot, 2 years 38 weeks ago
Comment: 1073

Why did they kill the cats? Could they not have adopted or fostered them out or even locate a safe place to release them. What a shame they could not spare some time and effort to save these cats. It is not the cats fault for the hand they where dealt. A little effort would be nice.

Stop picking on the Feral Cats!

March 5, 2012 by Backbone (not verified), 2 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 1032

-They are only here doing the jobs that U.S. Citizen cats wont do!
-Saying they carry disease is reactionary and has always been the tool of the majority to oppress the minority!
-We need to establish an amnesty program for feral cats!
-We mustn't spay or neuter them, then 50 yers from now they will sue the State of N.C. because of prejudicial neutering!
-They are honest law abiding residents (but not citizens) of newton

IN ESSENCE: THEY ARE "UNDOCUMENTED KITTIES!"

Feral Cats

March 2, 2012 by Doriscat (not verified), 2 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 1030

Are Feral cats a problem in Newton? We are trying to address the problem, since there was 20-30 euthanized, caught and trapped by City of Newton. The Humane Society of Catwaba County is now working with the City to educate others about the importance of spay/Neutering. So many cats are left homeless due to the ignorance of pet owners. Pregnant cats have been dumped out because the owner does not want to deal with the problem or cost. This causes a serious problem. The cats begin to multiply. There are programs and organizations available to help eliminate the Feral cat population. Educating the City of Newton and making them aware there are solutions for these homeless creatures. There are programs all over this part of the USA that have a upper hand on the situation, instead of the inhumane way the cats were trapped and put to death.Most cats do not carry rabies.Like most animals people need to be cautious when petting a animal they are not familiar with. Its wonderful that the Humane Society will be offering clinics for the City of Newton and working with the local Animal Shelter to help eliminate the problem.
Bless the beast...they have no voice!! We are their voice.

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