Animal rights activists call for Lackawanna animal control changes

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) — An overpopulation of stray cats in Lackawanna has residents and animal rights activists up in arms.

At a public meeting Monday, those in attendance spoke out about what they call “community cats” and how they’ve lately been under fire. They say those who take care of the cats have been harassed for feeding and caring for them.

Some of the cats have reportedly been trapped, and in some cases been put down. Some of the community is pushing for a change in local laws to allow the process of trapping, neutering, vaccinating and returning the cats.

“What we’re trying to do is not make people mad, not make neighbors upset.  We’re trying to eventually get the numbers down,” Linda Robinson, an animal rights activist, said. “This is hard work, you have to do it area, by area, by area.”

Leaders said they aren’t sure making a law change is necessary as of yet.

“We’re being asked to change a law for an entire citizenry for one case,” Hank Pirowski, Lackawanna City Council president, said.”So unless there is overwhelming evidence that I see that I’m not going to hurt any third party owners, that’s very tough for me to do.”

Pirowski said they’re going to be listening to more residents who live in the city to see what the population wants.

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