Feral cats out of control in Killingly

KILLINGLY, Conn. (WTNH)–  There is a feral cat problem in Killingly where the cats need help and people say things are getting out of control in one neighborhood.

During the day you don’t see too many feral cats in the neighborhood but come feeding time neighbors say it’s a whole different story.

“I work nights. When I come home my yard is full of cats,” said Corrine Bowlinger, Killingly.

“The problem is that they are defecating in all over the place with worms and flies,” said Denise Cook, Killingly.

Denise Cook and Corrine Bowlinger say the feral cats are in their yards, pools, and even in their cars and they say it’s a health hazard.

“I’m even getting a little bit of flees in our house because they’re sleeping on our porches,” said Cook.

“We have feces in our yard too with hook worms,” said Bowlinger.

They say if an elderly neighbor stopped feeding them the cats may stop coming around. Killingly’s animal control officer is hoping bylaws being crafted by the town will allow for a trap, neuter, and release program to control the population. Each cat can have at least two litters a year.

“In each litter they can have five to six sometimes 8,” said Dianne Collette, Animal Control Officer.

Dianne Collette is hoping state funding for a spay and neuter program the will come through because it is expensive. Along with the by laws though you would need funding.

“While wild adult cats can’t be adopted sometimes kittens can be but it takes work,” said Collette.

In the beginning their claws are out and their teeth are showing and they’re not wanting to be with people. At the animal shelter they actually have two volunteers dedicate to getting cats or rather kittens used to people. They just hold them and pet them for as long as it takes.

For more information, go to www.ctcatconnection.org.

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