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Letter to the Editor
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

In response to the USA Today news story “Cats kill more than believed in past” (Jan. 30 and presenting the controversy over outdoor cats: The basis of the problem is that people are either irresponsible pet owners or ignorant of the fact that cats fall into the category of domestic animals — not wild animals.

They have crossed over to human relationship and are to be cared for. With a few exceptions, pet cats should be indoors or in controlled areas outdoors. Those cats called “feral” are the victims of their uncared-for ancestors.

I have talked with people who work with Trap-Neuter-Return (T-N-R) programs. They are doing a great service to their communities, picking up the slack for negligent people. Examples: People who move away and abandon their domestic cats, causing many problems for neighbors; people who give up responsibility for their pets and dump them somewhere; people who neglect to have their pets spayed or neutered.

So, the problem is definitely with irresponsible people, and the desperate, neglected pets are trying to survive. Please help your no-kill shelters and T-N-R groups. They can't correct the problem overnight but are working hard.

Please educate your friends about the importance of good pet ownership.

Patty Ann Dull

Mill Run

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