Grandview Plaza’s feral cat problem

GRANDVIEW PLAZA (KNST) – There’s a feral cat problem in Grandview plaza and it’s a problem that has cost one resident at least three domestic cats.

For that woman her pets are being lost to a system that is meant to get rid of the wild animals.

Rescuing animals is a passion of Gudrun (good-rin) Van Hoosier, “my animals are my life.”

She’s rescued several cats and two dogs, but when three of her cats went missing she knew there was a problem. She found one of them in a nearby trap.

“People are trapping cats or shooting at cats or whatever and nothing is being done about it.”

Grandview plaza city superintendent Jerome Thomas says they have had numerous calls on cats. But a city ordinance allows people to trap animals on their property. The ordinance was originally intended for animals like skunks, raccoons, coyotes and wild cats.

City officials say that in the last 29-years there’s only been one ordinance in regards to cats, and as of right now there are no plans to change that.

And that lack of change has Goodrun angry, “I don’t know what the big deal is, it’s just a cat… You know what to me they’re not just cats, they family members.”

She believes domesticated cats should be protected from trapping.

The city disagrees, but Thomas says people *could be a little more tolerant when they do find or catch a stray.

“If you find a cat and it’s not yours, call the police officers, take it down the animal shelter,” says Thomas.

And with this week’s super cold weather, that’s probably a good idea anyway.

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