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Humane Society Plans to Trap, Neuter, Release Dayton's Problem Cats
DAYTON -- There are about 9,500 free-roaming cats in the city of Dayton alone and that number is about to grow once their mating season begins in spring.
"I kind of feel bad because it's been so cold this winter and they are seriously everywhere," said Alison Lee of Dayton.
"Yeah there's 15 at the house down the street," said Josh Bucking-Schultz of Dayton.
"We can hear them screaming outside at night. They're having babies and those babies are having babies and it's just becoming a big population of cats," said Bob Lipps, President of the Walnut Hills Neighborhood Association.
Lipps said he is tired of seeing so many cats in his neighborhood.
"Right now we need to do something because they spray your doors and you can smell it and they are always laying on the porches and everything," he said.
Now something is being done.
During the city commission work session Wednesday, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley gave Weltge the go-ahead on a new initiative to trap, neuter and release free-roaming cats. Weltge says he has enough grant funding approved to trap, neuter and release 500 cats.
"It's a start," said Weltge. "Cats can have up to two litters per year and can have up to three kittens per litter so we're talking up to 28,000 cats being born just in the city of Dayton alone and they're out there roaming right now," said Brian Weltge of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.
Weltge wants to start right away because their mating season is the Spring.
He asked for the public's help though on where to start.
"What we really want from people is to let us know where the cat problems are in their community," said Weltge.
"I think it's good idea," said Lee.
"That would be great because we need to do something," said Lipps. "People can't afford to get the cats fixed.
Some also can't afford litter boxes so they let the cats roam in and out, and that's where the reproducing happens. That's why the biggest problems are in Lower income places. 98 % of cats are not neutered and Weltge says Dayton has the biggest problem because 34% of the population is under the poverty line.
Other communities such as Englewood, Moraine, West Carrollton and Vandalia have taken similar steps to reduce their feral cat problem.
Montgomery county as a whole has more than 80-thousand stray cats.
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