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Letter: Feral Cats in Manorhaven

I am writing in response to the recent articles published on the feral cat problem in the Village of Manorhaven.

As a lifelong cat lover I have been outraged by the insensitivity of local officials and the public at large’s response to a heartbreaking problem. Cats seem to purport a certain kind of prejudice against them that is unfair and inhumane. A number of years ago, the Town of North Hempstead stopped accepting cats at the local animal shelter. And I have noticed firsthand the many cats who had homes in the village, only to be dumped after their owners moved away because of the “inconvenience” of having to take them elsewhere.

I do not believe the quotes from local officials that they are “exhausting funds” on these animals. In fact, I see no activity at all to help them. We need a shelter for cats, plain and simple. The spaying program only guarantees a smaller population exists but not the safety and health of the cat itself.

If this were a situation of dog overpopulation, I think the town, the village, and the residents would spend the money more wisely and act much more humanely. And anyone who dumps their cat for any reason is an irresponsible monster who cares not for the pet they had or the community they lived in.

Bonnie Anne Loutrel