Group has until March to remove cats from Branford trailer parkPosted: Updated:
People living at a trailer park home in Branford have had a problem with an infestation of feral cats, and now the owners and the local health department is going to have all the cats put down.
Neighbors in the Shoreline Mobile Home Park told Eyewitness News in January that the wild cats were causing thousands of dollars in damage to their homes and they are getting no help from the property manager.
Resident Paul Alfano previously told Eyewitness News that he has seen 40 to 50 stray cats at the Shoreline Mobile Home Park.
"The complete insulation from front to back has been done twice since I've moved in here," said Alfano, who was unaware of the feral cats population before moving in several years ago.
However, since January, the number of cats has been reduced to about 20.
After dealing with issues for sometime, the residents turned to Eyewitness News for help and since the station's story aired, the owners sat down with health officials and worked out a deadline for removing the cats.
"It's a people problem," said Eunice Lasala, who runs the Branford Compassion Club. "People let them go out and don't get spayed or neutered. And the kittens start coming."
The Branford Compassion Club is a cat rescue organization run by Lasala, and she told Eyewitness News that she has been taking care of the cats for years.
Lasala told Eyewitness News that she is working with health officials to get the feral cats into suitable homes.
"We hope we can get them all out. Sometimes they won't go into traps," Lasala said. "It's just implausible, but I think if we get most of them out, they'll be happy."
Branford animal control will do the trapping and the Branford Compassion Club will work to find the cats a place to live.
The owners of Shoreline Mobile Home Park are cooperating with the health officials on the removal of the feral cats.
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