PAULS VALLEY, Okla.-- A few too many feral felines has downtown Pauls Valley business owners furious.
The cats have become so big of an issue that now the city has passed a law prohibiting people from feeding them.
The city ordinance was just signed Tuesday.
It says if people are caught feeding feral animals they could be fined $200 dollars for each offense.
“They`re always like in threes and fours and they`re just chilling, running all over the neighborhood,” Estelle Lopez, a Pauls Valley resident, said.
The train depot appears to be the cat’s meow.
“Some of the people are upset about them. Reporting them as nuisances. Talking about the feces around their buildings,” Derrick Jolley, Pauls Valley’s Assistant Police Chief, said.
The stench is what really bothers some people.
“It smells like a litter box just right where we`re standing,” Jolley said as he interviewed with News Channel 4.
“It smells like something`s dead, like rotting. Something. It`s just gross,” Lopez said.
We asked police how the feline frenzy got so out of control.
“We have had a lot of people over the years that would feed the cats and continue to feed the cats and by doing so they were just supplying everything they needed to continue to grow in their population,” Jolley explained.
Feeding the wild cats makes animal control’s job even more difficult.
“To catch these cats they`re allowing food in the live trap. Well when the cats aren`t hungry they`re not going in the trap,” Jolley explained.
With a new no-feed city ordinance officials hope to get a handle on the situation.
“I feel like that`s a good idea though because there really are a lot of cats roaming everywhere. I mean it`s sad because they could easily get run over as well,” Lopez said.
The city is discussing a TNR program.
That stands for trap, neuter, and release.
So, as long as the cats are healthy they will be fixed and set free.