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Dumping Unwanted Pets Around the City is a Growing Problem

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

There's a big problem facing Corpus Christi: unwanted pets; specifically cats being dumped all over town.

A viewer tip alerted Kiii News to cats were being dumped at Labonte Park. It did not take long to find them. Six were spotted, but two of them scrambled away before the cameras could catch a glimpse of them.

It seems the cats have found a home in the park restrooms, and someone has been feeding them on a regular basis.

Cheryl Martinez with People Assisting Animal Control, or PAAC, says the illegal dumping of cats is out of control.

"People are dumping cats everywhere," Martinez said. "If they see there's cats there, and think someone's going to feed it, they dump it. What they don't understand is, just because you're feeding them, they're going to start breeding."

Labonte Park is not the only cat dump-off site. An area next to a vacant business on Ocean Drive is a haven for feral cats, and again, there too, someone has been feeding them.

"And of course, the more they feed them, the more animals that are attracted," said Commander Todd Green of the Corpus Christi Police Department. "Cats, stray dogs, whatever."

The unwanted cat population is such a big problem, Animal Control reports that they euthanize 25 cats a day, which is why police say that, if you're caught dumping unwanted animals, you will be fined.

"It's a violation of a city ordinance, and they can be fined up to $500 if they do it," Green said. "And of course, you know, it's unfair to the animal. It's cruel treatment."

Animal Control suggests that, before dumping your unwanted pets, try to adopt them out. If that fails, ask the no-kill shelters for help. And if that fails, as the last resort, bring them by Animal Control.

"This is a better option than just taking the animal and dumping it somewhere," Green said. "If that's the case, we would prefer they bring it here."