Seventy-five people attended a township meeting held on August 20 to discuss the township’s plan for feral cats in South Newton Township. Abc27 reports that “public comment lasted for over an hour as speaker after speaker took to the podium. Some were for the plan, others strongly against.”
Ever since South Newton Township announced their plan to trap and euthanize the township’s feral cats, public outcry has made township leaders reconsider their plan.
At least two petitions asking township supervisors to save the feral cats brought in signatures from around the world. A Facebook page specifically to help the township cats was set up, called Save the Newton Township Cats.
In the end, public pressure won out. On Tuesday, supervisors voted to forego their original plan to euthanize feral cats in South Newton Township.
Instead, they have agreed to allow animal rights groups to help. Alternative ideas such as using TNR to manage the feral colonies and vaccinating the cats may be put into place. Already a rabies clinic has been set up, and is scheduled for September 28.
A new ordinance would require residents to be responsible for any cats they feed.
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