Updated 05/21/2012 05:55 PM
Stray cats a problem in Syracuse neighborhood
Stray cats are becoming a headache for some people living in one Syracuse neighborhood. The city's North Side has seen an increase in cats recently. So what can be about them? Our Iris St. Meran spoke with the CNY SPCA to find out.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- On any given day, Patricia Wilbur says she has up to six or more stray cats in her yard. It's been that way since she moved in to her North Alvord Street home six months ago.
Wilbur said, "The day I moved in, they had the mother cat that disappeared on us. She was here and she was pregnant. Mother's Day, she had her kittens and she took off."
And Wilbur was stuck with them. She made a number of attempts with different agencies to find a home for these newborns.
"Vets, went to these hospitals. Nobody wants them unless you got money and that's harsh,” said Wilbur.
CNY SPCA Executive Director Paul Morgan says stray cats are a big problem in this area. He says there are options.
Morgan said, "If you see animals in your backyard that are strays and it becomes a huge problem and you want something done, you can call a trapper. They can come and trap them. Or you can call us if you're going to bring them in and hopefully we can help you."
Trappers will charge you, but will take them away and bring them to places like the SPCA. And there is a fee for the SPCA, but that's to take care of shots.
The executive director for the CNY SPCA says there is a lot animal owners can do to assist with the stray population. If you're going to let your cat roam outside, make sure it's spayed and neutered.
Morgan also says even though feeding strays may seem like a good deed, but it's best not to because it encourages them to return and may attract other animals. As for the residents of the North Side, Wilbur just hopes this growing problem will soon get under control.
If you have questions or concerns about stray cats or other animals. You can contact the CNY SPCA. The number is (315) 454-4479.