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Sylvania residents push for feline feeding fine

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     The saying goes, "there's no such thing as a free lunch. "
     In one Sylvania neighborhood- stray cats are becoming a problem and some neighbors want the city to step in and fine anyone feeding the felines.

You can't see it--driving by. But in the Sylvania neighborhood of Lincoln Woods near Olander Park, feral felines are multiplying.

"Last year we had 23 cats," says Francie Camarote.

Camarote lives on Vicksburg Drive and has complained about the free roaming residents for nearly two years. She blames one neighbor for providing food to the feral cats everyday.

"Well it's like a kitty buffet, other cats have come and they are now multiplying again, " says Camarote.


It sounds harmless but neighbors say the cats are destroying their yards and they are worried about disease.

"We're worried about toxoplasmosis. When the cats defecate in our yards, there are parasites that can live for 18 months," says Camarote.

     Camarote wants the city to step in. She's part of a group proposing Sylvania City Council enact an ordinance that fines anyone caught feeding the cats. Neighbors already tried fixing the problem themselves. They hired a private contractor to trap the cats and the city also paid money to try and curb the issue. Humane Ohio is an area spay and neuter clinic. They offer a program that traps feral cats, spays and neuters the animals, and them returns them to the same area.
    The neighborhood also tried this option and were somewhat successful but Camarote says additional cats have popped up.

"If you don't fix those cats you are going to have more. On average, cats have 12 kittens per year and those kittens are having kittens," says Kristy Kissoff.

Kissoff says the goal of Humane Ohio is to keep the pet population under control, but they return the animals in order to minimize stress.

"If you take cats away more show up. Like digging a hole in the sand more sand fills in," says Kissoff.

As for Camarote and other neighbors, people on both sides of the feline feeding issue addressed Sylvania City Council last night during a special committee meeting public hearing. Council could decide on a possible ordinance at it's next meeting.

Meanwhile, Humane Ohio is running a special this June. You can get kittens or puppies 6 months of age and younger spayed or neutered for a special promotional price of $20. Call Humane Ohio to make an appointment.

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