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December 1, 2013

Woman: Cat leashes won’t solve problem

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ENID, Okla. — Devoted

In just the past year, Zaloudek says she’s spent $2,000 caring for the stray cats that show up near her business, JB Liquor, at 420 S. Cleveland. It’s not uncommon for her to see the cats, which can be numerous, be run over on the street.

“It’s just horrible. But if we can spay and neuter them, we can get this problem taken care of,” she said. “All we need to do is cut the population down here. But the only way we can do that is spay and neuter.”

Enid SPCA has a program that provides low-cost vaccinations and sterilization to households making less than $40,000 per year.

Grantz noted how unwieldy the law seems on its face. While it makes sense to keep a dog penned up behind a fence or on a leash, the same can’t be said for a cat.

“That’s the part that makes it unfair. And most cats don’t do very well on a leash, either,” she said. “But if we can control the numbers by spaying and neutering, I think we can see a difference. And we’ll also know that what we have out there is healthy.”

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