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Solution to Stray Cat Population May Involve Change to City Ordinance

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Stray cats running loose around the city has become a major problem in Corpus Christi, and lately, more and more stray cats are showing up injured at area shelters.

The City's Animal Control is suggesting that the answer to the problem may involve a change in a city ordinance that allows domesticated cats to roam free.

An injured cat that was most likely hit by a car was found by Susano Alvarado Friday morning.

"You can tell he was in pain, so I got close to him and he was mewing for help," Alvarado said.
     
Alvarado took the cat to Animal Control to try and save his life, but unfortunately, the cat died of its injuries.

It's an injured they've become used to seeing.

"It's every single day, and it's not just us. It's every vet in town," Animal Control Director Heather Hedrick said. "Not just us. It's also every rescue dealing with the same thing."

Hedrick said it all goes back to the overpopulation of cats we have in town. She believes one of the main problems is the current city ordinance that allows cats to roam free. Those cats have to be neutered and have their vaccinations, as well as have their tags on.

"But they're not doing that second part, which is having that cat spayed and neutered, and then also having its ID on," Hedrick said.

When cats breed, it leads to overpopulation, and now Animal Control is writing up a new ordinance to hopefully educate the public and change their ways.

"We broke the ordinance apart to try to find best practices in other cities that were successful," Hedrick said.

They have submitted some ideas to the Animal Control Advisory Board, who will then look it over and make any necessary changes. They are hopeful to have it on the City agenda in the near future.

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