Wednesday 23 April 2014

Increase in cats

AN EXPLOSION in the stray cat population combined with people abandoning unwanted cats and kittens has led to Louth SPCA inspector Fiona Squibb appealing for a neutering programme to be put in place.

Fiona, an unpaid volunteer with the animal welfare charity, is inundated with calls about stray and abandoned cats every week.

' The problem is totally out of control and something needs to be done about it,' she says. 'It's not enough for people to feed stray cats – they need to catch them and get them neutered or the problem will simply continue.'

'I'm getting as many as six calls a day, 30 a week, so it's a huge problem.'

She feels that a joined-up approach is needed involving the local authority and veterinary practices so that a low-cost neutering programme can be put in place.

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