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City program aims to reduce number of stray cats

Associated Press • Aug 18, 2014 at 8:20 PM

The Plain Dealer reported Councilman Matt Zone said the program to trap, neuter and return the cats would be citywide. It would include the city’s animal control division and animal rescue groups.

   Volunteers and residents have tried unsuccessfully for years to shrink the city’s feral cat population. The director of the Cleveland Animal Protective League said one calculation using human census data estimates the city has about 56,000 stray cats.

   Director Sharon Harvey said the organization has helped sterilize more than 10,000 cats in the past six years, and the planned trapand-neuter program would expand those efforts.

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