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City of Fairborn Meets to Discuss Feral Cat Disposal
FAIRBORN -- The Miami Valley is crawling with feral cats, but is Fairborn disposing of them humanely? We took your questions to city leaders and the man who is trapping the animals.
Feral felines roam Fairborn streets and in 2013, 117 homeless cats were removed by a company called Advanced Wildlife Management. Of those, 115 were euthanized in a gas chamber.
In January 2013, city leaders say the company won the animal control contract after offering the cheapest price.
Fifteen-year veteran trapper Chris O'Banion works alone out of his Dayton home.
"I am aware that it is out of his house. I'm not concerned about that. He is a professional," Fairborn Public Administrative Service Director Pete Bales said on Thursday. "If the cat does not have a chip or collar, he keeps the cat for 72 hours and if no one has called and retrieved the cat then the cat is euthanized."
As of Thursday night, no one from the city of Fairborn can say they've seen the inside of O'Banion's garage.
"It should be inspected. It should be open for inspection. You should be inspecting it," Humane Society of Greene County Vice President Cathi Tschirhart demanded at Monday night's council meeting.
During a phone interview, O'Banion tells us all of his practices are up to code and he follows all appropriate state guidelines. However, neither O'Banion nor the city will reveal where the cats are disposed.
"The people who need to know that are the people who pay for my services and their representatives and municipal agents are going to be touring my facility, " O'Banion explained by phone Thursday.
O'Banion says the cats euthanized last year were not wearing collars, not microchipped, and had no spay markings. He claims only two of the 117 cats he trapped last year showed signs of being a pet and were immediately released where he trapped them.
Fairborn city leaders will be going to O'Banion's home Friday to check out his work space for the first time.
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