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Chief Asks Residents Not to Feed Stray Cats

Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp said stray cats in the borough of Hellertown should not be fed, even by well-meaning residents.

If a cute kitty cat comes crying at the back doorstep, it may be tempting for some residents to put out a bowl of milk or a dish filled with cat food for the stray feline.

However, Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp said June 4 that borough residents should resist the temptation to feed strays.

Over the past few years the number of stray cats in the borough has appeared to decline, and the population will remain small if residents avoid leaving treats outside, which only encourages more strays to move into the area, Shupp said.

A few stray cats have been spotted recently in the vicinity of the , it was noted.

One of those cats is currently being cared by a local resident who described the stray as "beautiful." She asked anyone who's recently had a cat go missing in Hellertown to contact her at 610-838-1168 with identifying details.

The borough does not have a formal plan in place for dealing with stray cats, although near the on West Walnut Street.

Many communities have instituted "trap-neuter-return" programs for dealing with stray cat populations.

Shupp advised residents who lose a pet to report it missing by contacting the Northampton County 911 Center by calling the center's non-emergency number, which is 610-759-2200.

Arthur Joel Katz June 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM
A big yowl to the chief. I think he should stick to his business and stay out of domestic cat affairs. Cats are pretty, useful, intelligent and good catchers of pests. Shame on you, chief.
Pat Jamann June 11, 2012 at 01:15 PM
What do we do if we find a stray cat at our door? Do we face arrest for feeding it? I agree with Mr. Kratz and hope that the police department has better things to do than make comments like the above. A "Trap-Neuter-Release" program is the most humane way to handle feral cats and will bring the population of feral cats down over time. Please check out www.humanesociety.org/issues/feral_cats for more information.
Stephanie Brown June 11, 2012 at 01:39 PM
The chief obviously doesn't like cats. I guess in his mind feline animal control is neuter/spay and then starve them to death. I can only hope if they ever combine the two police departments, he is out of a job.
John E. Rotten June 11, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Shouldn't the Hellertown police be more concerned with important matters like looking for expired auto inspection stickers ?
Jim Miller June 13, 2012 at 07:28 AM
Perhaps all of you should find stray cats feed them and take care of them. Please post your address so we can forward the stray cats to you.
Gerry Kranz June 14, 2012 at 01:39 AM
ooops, the stray cats in my neighborhood keep eating the rat poison i carelessly leave outside!
Janice Campanella June 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Isn't that animal cruelty?

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