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Garland Residents Upset With Too Many Stray Cats

Garland Residents Upset With Too Many Stray Cats

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GARLAND, Utah (AP) -- The fur is flying in Garland. Residents are upset with the number of stray cats just roaming the streets, and they want city officials to do something about it.

Residents say they're concerned not only for the animals, but also for the health of the community.

The Bear River Health Department says this is an animal-control problem that should be handled by law enforcement.

Garland does not have an animal shelter for stray animals. When the city addressed the same problem three years ago, the police chief was certified to euthanize the stray cats.

The cats were caught in live traps and kept at the city office for three days to see if an owner claimed them. That's required by state law.

But Mayor Richard Owen says, "The cats were stinking up the place," so they stopped it.

But until the city passes an ordinance, they will go back to the old policy -- after they find a different storage area to keep the cats for three days.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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