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Cat cruelty

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Do you think you’ll find your lost microchipped cat? Or has he been left outside or thrown outside by the cruel practice called TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release). Since when have domestic cats become trash? Disposable? Allowed to slowly suffer and die alone outside or become a meal for coyotes?

A friend who found a young pregnant cat was told by someone at Animal Control to leave it out. “It’s a wild animal and food for coyotes.” No-kill shelters told her to TNR. She was appalled by both suggestions and so am I.

Our group had worked with cats and even the feral ones became friendly and adoptable in a short time with patience. Many stray cats were house pets and scared outside. They seemed feral at first, but after a few days or weeks of feeling safe, they were purring and wanting petting.

When “no kill” shelters turn away cats, they end up in a kill shelter or worse, on the streets. They are hit by cars and die slowly of horrible injuries. TNR violates everything written in the Humane Care for Animals Act.

Every shelter and county must focus as a group on low-cost or free spay and neutering to end the overpopulation of cats. That is the only humane solution, not putting them out like the trash. We sadly have regressed in teaching proper care for our wonderful domestic animal, the cat.

Cynthia Barber


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