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East El Paso neighborhood concerned about possible cat hoarding

East El Paso neighborhood concerned about possible cat hoarding

POSTED: Friday, August 16, 2013 - 5:18pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 16, 2013 - 5:21pm

A woman who lives in East El Paso is concerned about possible cat hoarding in her East El Paso neighborhood.  She reached out to NewsChannel 9 after watching a news story about 78 cats that were removed from a Central El Paso home (http://www.ktsm.com/news/neighbors-man-hoarding-78-cats-meant-well).

The woman said she caught more than 50 cats coming from her neighbor's home. She said the cats mostly come out at night and she has often hears them running, fighting and mating on her roof.  She also said her step-son no longer plays outside because of the strong smell of cat urine.  She is also concerned about the cats possibly carrying diseases.

NewsChannel 9 went to the home and the smell of cat urine and feces was definitely apparent.  No one at the home answered the door.  We also spoke with neighbors who said the cats often stray into their yards and they are left cleaning the mess.

One neighbor said the woman who lives in the home is elderly and disabled.  The woman stopped feeding the cats, but that didn't stop the cats from showing up at her home.  A neighbor also said people have dropped off unwanted cats at the woman's home and squeeze them through her gate.

That same neighbor said the elderly woman is concerned about the cats because the City of El Paso has been out to her home and she has been cited, but the cats have become a bigger problem than she can handle.

Animal Services of El Paso said people can call 915-842-1000 for cat traps.  In El Paso, people can also dial 3-1-1 to have an Animal Control officer go out to their neighborhood.


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