Homeowners want help to control feral cat population

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Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - Randall Barnes

PADUCAH, Ky. - Richard Czerwien says his Paducah neighborhood is overrun with feral cats.

"They get in the garbage.  They knock things over," he said.

He has lived on Hendricks Street for eight years and says the problem and the population has gotten worse every year.

"If I ever come out and sit on the porch, I'll see between eight and 15 cats a day," Czerwien said.

Czerwien even tried to catch them, but he's gotten nowhere.  He says his neighbors are feeding them, which keeps them around and it's something he'd like to see stop.  "I know they are animal lovers and I appreciate them for that.  Don't get me wrong, but the cats are too many and when you feed them. and then multiply and they return, they are just a nuisance," he said.

McCracken County Humane Society Director Terry Vannerson said cats are being dumped on her.  "In boxes, even thrown over the fence," she said.

Her cat capacity is 30. Right now, she's housing 65.  "People don't understand why we are turning them away.  I don't have space," Vannerson said.

Czerwin and Vannerson want some help from the county's animal control officers, but they wouldn't comment on the issue.  Czerwin wants people need to be responsible.

"If you have a pet, take care of it," he said.

McCracken County Animal Control officers had no comment on the issue.

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