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Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 27, 2011
Contact: ALISON GRASHEIM, agrasheim@alleycat.org or (202) 240-1985; PATRICIA JONES, media@alleycat.org or (718) 651-7187

CITY-SPONSORED CAT-KILLINGS PROTESTED IN PENNSYLVANIA TOWN
Feral cat supporters in Monessen rally to end the roundup and killing of local cats

MONESSEN, PA — Feral cat supporters in this city about 30 miles outside Pittsburgh today rallied outside City Hall to protest a city ordinance that has already resulted in the deaths of nearly three dozen of the city’s cats.

The trapping began in March, when a private trapper was hired to trap outdoor cats and bring them to a local shelter to be immediately killed. No notice was given to citizens before the trapping began, and the cats’ caregivers were not given any information after their cats were killed. Despite frantically searching for their missing cats, most people did not discover the cats’ fates for nearly a week.

“Monessen officials have repeatedly ignored requests from citizens to stop the trapping and killing and to meet in person to discuss humane alternatives, including education, low-cost spay/neuter, and Trap-Neuter-Return for feral cats,” said Rebecca Katz, a staff member with Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats. Alley Cat Allies joined Citizens for a Humane Monessen, a local group, to protest the ordinance.

Despite the vocal opposition of many residents, the city has persisted with this plan, said local supporters.

“Residents here were reaching into their own hearts and wallets to provide care for the feral cats—they were healthy and fed, and many were neutered as part of Trap-Neuter-Return programs,” said Katz. “Trap-Neuter-Return is widely considered the only effective and humane course of action for feral cats. What happened here—and continues to happen—was a preventable tragedy, but city leaders continue to refuse to talk to us.”

Alley Cat Allies and the Citizens for Humane Monessen said they will continue to press on city officials to stop the trapping and killing, Katz said.

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About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the nation’s leading advocate for stray and feral cats. Their website is www.alleycat.org.