Minneapolis council weighs in on feral cats

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Sep 11, 2013 at 10:25 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis City Council members will step into the contentious debate over how to deal with free-roaming cats.

Pet protection groups want Minneapolis to become a 'no kill' city. Bird lovers say house cats shouldn't be allowed to roam outdoors and kill small mammals and birds.

The council's public safety committee is expected to vote Wednesday on an ordinance that would allow citizens to feed and care for feral cats if the animals are neutered, vaccinated and have an identity chip.

Wildlife conservationists and others say that 'trap, neuter and release' programs only perpetuate the problem of free-roaming cats. 

Minneapolis Animal Care and Control has killed nearly 2,500 stray and feral cats since 2010.

Hundreds of thousands of cats are estimated to be living wild around the Twin Cities.

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