Easton officials are at a loss to solve the city's growing problem with feral cats and the people who feed them.
The city has no official count, but says its feral cat population is on the rise. The turning point, officials say, came when the Center for Animal Health and Welfare in Williams Township went no-kill in 2003.Feral cats are nothing new, especially in the city's more densely populated neighborhoods. But the shelter's policy change often leaves it at capacity and unable to accept new animals. Even if that weren't the case, Easton can't afford to spend $100 per cat to trap, spay and release them, Panto noted.
"The no-kill killed us. That's what did it," he said. "We can't have a no-kill shelter that doesn't euthanize animals."
Learning that lesson after the fact only means that more animals suffered in the meantime. Nathan J. Winograd, Michael Vick has nothing on you as far as cruelty of animals.