Catch, Neuter Plan Eyed for Feral Prison Cats

Trap, euthanize policy to end

Monday, Apr 16, 2012  |  Updated 4:38 PM CDT
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Catch & Neuter Plan Eyed for Feral Cats

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A nonprofit Central Texas cat rescue organization is volunteering to neuter feral cats that have overrun a nearby state women's prison.

The explosion in the population of aggressive feral cats at the Crain Unit state prison in Gatesville has prompted prison officials to adopt a trap-and-euthanize policy toward the felines. That spurred Kathy's Kitties founder Kathy Kwieran to propose live trapping the cats, neutering them and releasing them.

State prison system spokesman Jason Clark tells the Killeen Daily Herald an agreement is being drawn up to formalize the arrangement.

Kwieran says more than 300 of the wild cats were plaguing prison personnel before a trap-and-euthanize program began. She says more than 50 have been euthanized.

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