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People fed up with feral and stray cats in Dunbar, WV

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Humane Officer Kristen Strickland said there are more than 2,000 cats in Dunbar. Humane Officer Kristen Strickland said there are more than 2,000 cats in Dunbar.
DUNBAR, WV -
The city of Dunbar is having a big problem with stray and feral cats.

Humane Officer Kristen Strickland said there are more than 2,000 cats within the city limits.  She said many of these cats are not fixed.

The city plans to partner up with the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association and Alley Cat Allies for a trap-neuter-return program.

"It's been going on for years in different states and different countries with a lot of success compared to the catch and kill technique," she said.
Strickland said the city wants to treat the problem in a new way.

"These animals have gotten into peoples yards and torn up stuff and torn up the trash and torn up the flowers," said Katherine McCormick, communication coordinator for Neighborhood Watch.

In addition to the program, Strickland will go over existing pet laws.  She said the city has a leash law that applies to both cats and dogs.
"No one is allowed to let their cat roam unrestricted off of their property," she said.

People can face a $25 fine if they violate the leash law, she said.

McCormick said these issues will be discussed in great details at the upcoming Neighborhood Watch meeting.

It's scheduled for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Bingo Building on Charles Avenue in Dunbar.