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Aspinwall mulls ways to deal with stray cats

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Aspinwall will take a “cat by cat” strategy to dealing with stray cats in the borough.

An incident occurred several weeks ago in which an elderly woman was feeding a cat and was later scratched causing the cat to be quarantined.

The incident cost the borough $275.

Though the borough has had an issue with cats in the past, that is not the case now, borough manager Melissa Lang said.

While researching possible animal control options, officials found that having specific coverage for cats could be costly.

Lang said the cost to hire Hoffman Kennels is $250 per month for dogs and then a separate rider to the contract, which is $45 per cat. Police would still have to catch and trap the cat.

The borough, according to officials, does not currently have a cat problem that would call for that financial investment. It also does not have an issue with stray dogs.

Lang said in most cases involving dogs, the police are able to return the pet to its owner.

People who feed stray cats are asked to stop.

“This is an extreme case,” Lang said.

Officials agreed to monitor the situation to determine if it eventually becomes more cost effective to have a specific contract for the problem. Lang said at the moment it appears Hoffman Kennels is the only option the borough has.

“We'll keep on top of that and do case-by-case basis,” Lang said.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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