Feral cat plan goes before Hillsborough Commission - WSPA.com

Feral cat plan goes before Hillsborough Commission

Posted: Updated:
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Claw could come out at the Hillsborough County Commission Wednesday as a controversial plan is presented to reduce the number of cats living in the wild.

Hillsborough Animal services estimates there are more than 200,000 cats living in the county without owners.

Animal Services Director Ian Hallett says each year 10,000 cats come into the shelter and the county is forced to euthanize 8,000 of those.

"About two thousand of those display anti-social behavior here so it's not necessarily possible that they could go into an adoptive home," Hallett said.

To help reduce the number the county is proposing a plan that would allow animal services employees to capture the feral cats, bring them in neuter the cats and them return them to the wild.

The Hillsborough County Veterinary Medical Society is opposed to the idea.  Don Thompson, Executive Director of the Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation doesn't agree with it either.

"It's the perfect storm of risk. When we start feeding outdoor animals, what happens is, we're not able to trap every one of those cats. So, the first thing is, we actually increase breeding, so we're actually making the problem worse, not better," Thompson said.

Thompson says feral cats can bring hook worm and ring worm to humans and they endanger other Florida wildlife.

"The real concern is, that brings other wildlife in and it's the spread of disease that leads the Florida department of health and a lot of other health organizations to state very clearly; trap, neuter and return is not a policy that our counties should endorse," Thompson said.

The meeting starts at 9 AM.  Animal advocates, on both sides of the issues, are expected to pack the commission chambers.

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

    Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:59:58 GMT
    This Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in PinellasThis Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in Pinellas
    Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
    Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
  • RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:45:14 GMT
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
  • How thieves clone your credit cards

    How thieves clone your credit cards

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:15:02 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.