MOUNT VERNON — Showing compassion is often seen as an admirable act, which includes having compassion for animals. But when the results of one’s kind acts infringe on public health and safety, questions about the justification of methods can arise.
One issue of concern recently brought to the attention of the News is that of feral cats running loose in the city. Complaints have been heard from city residents about neighbors setting out food for the cats or providing them with shelter. This has led to the odor of cat urine and cat feces scattered across neighboring lawns.
This subject was addressed to Mount Vernon City Councilman Sam Barone in an attempt to come up with a solution to a reported problem on East Ohio Avenue. Concern had been expressed by residents that while cats were being attracted by food being set out, other animals such as groundhogs and raccoons were being attracted as well.
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