Catastrophic Invasion

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Monday, January 31, 2011 - 2:34pm

Tiny Kentucky town overrun by stray cats.

People in the tiny Kentucky town of Taylorsville say they are fed up with unwanted stray cats, but it seems they have no choice for now but to welcome the group.

Nearly 1,800 people live Taylorsville, and recently the feline population has been growing.

Mickey Goodlet says he sees cats everywhere he goes.

Goodlet says he's not used to seeing so many cats in one town.

"I mean I've seen stray dogs in big cities," Goodlet said. "But this is a little town and there's cats galore."

There are cats running around downtown, at gas stations, and even roaming around people's homes - and cars.

"They're all over the cars," Goodlet said. "You go up there and look at the cat crap on the hood and stuff.

Goodlet's neighbor, Tabitha Nation couldn't help but chime-in on the cat troubles.

"There's a bunch of cat prints there," Nation said. "They go up and down the car. Paw prints everywhere. You call and they do not do nothing about it."

Mayor Don Pay says he has heard the complaint and is aware of the problem, and believes it isn't isolated to Taylorsville.

"The issue we have in Taylorsville and Spencer County is that our Humane Society contract only deals with dogs, so it doesn't have any provisions in there for the cat overpopulation problem," Pay said.

For that reason, he says city officials will round up the cats, take them to Louisville and work with Alley Cats Advocates to get them spayed and neutered - then bring them back home.

Pay, who is a cat lover himself, has a sense of humor about the whole thing, saying the mice population is down, but he hopes more can be done.

Even Goodlet is willing to help the cats even though they can be a nuisance.

"I feed them - you've got to - they're starving," Goodlet said. "That's all I can do. Can't take them in the house."

Mayor Pay says the cats have been a growing problem for several years, but thinks they're making progress in tackling it.

Pay says they've spayed and neutered at least 100 cats and still have about 200 to 300 to go.

He believes those efforts will eventually help lower the stray cat population.
 

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