SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Animal-welfare advocates are taking issue with a suburban Toledo city’s ban on feeding feral cats.
Officials say the law that took effect Tuesday in the city of Sylvania is necessary because of the large population of stray cats.
The (Toledo) Blade reports the issue has pitted city leaders against animal advocates, who say that feeding feral cats is crucial to being able to trap them for spay-neuter-return programs.
Also, advocates say, a feeding ban could lead to more nuisance complaints as stray cats get into garbage cans and hunt birds, rabbits, squirrels and other wildlife.
The city tried a spay-neuter program for stray cats last fall, but residents say the problem persisted because people have continued to feed the animals.