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Plan to kill feral cats put to rest in South Newton Township

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WALNUT BOTTOM, Pa. (WHTM) -

South Newton Township supervisors have voted to abandon plans to trap and euthanize feral cats.

The polarizing plan was put to rest following a turbulent meeting Tuesday night.

The fire hall at South Newton Township fire company was full of people ready to debate the plan that was developed after a child was bitten by a rabid cat.

Public comment lasted for over an hour as speaker after speaker took to the podium. Some were for the plan, others strongly against.

A number of animal rights activists spoke and offered alternatives that included at trap, neuter and return program. One resident is setting up a rabies clinic.

One man presented an online petition against trapping and euthanizing the cats. The paperwork had over 14,000 signatures from people all over the world.

However, some did acknowledge a feral cat problem in the township, and said the original euthanization plan would be the way to go.

In the end, township supervisors voted to forego the proposed plan.

They did, however, support animal rights groups lending a hand. There will be a rabies clinic offered September 28.

Supervisors also tabled an ordinance that would require residents to be responsible for any cats they feed.

 

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