Cat problem needs quick fix

Stray cats, kittens overcrowding Craig Animal Shelter

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Ah, spring. When a young man's, and a young animal's, fancy turns to love. And it seems the season has been especially busy for local felines.

Last week, Craig Animal Control officers picked up 13 cats, pushing the total of incarcerated felines to 22, forcing the Craig Animal Shelter to double up the animals in their cages, said Jainie Mullen, animal control officer.

"We had a couple adopted, but then we had to pick two more, so right now were at 19 cats," she said. "This is a lot more than normal.

"People need to be responsible and take care of their cats. And, that includes having them fixed," Mullen said.

The shelter has cats of a variety of ages, Mullen said.

"Five are 5 weeks old, five are 5- to 6-months-old, and the rest are of all ages," she said.

Animal Shelter employees hope to have the cats adopted, and that the message gets out that it's important to make sure a cat has been spayed or neutered, Mullen said.

"People need to be more responsible in making sure their cats have been fixed," Mullen said.

Neither process is a complicated one, and the cats usually recovered fully fairly quickly, said Kathy Neilson of Craig Veterinary Hospital.

"We charge $70 to spay and $40 to neuter, and that includes an overnight stay," Neilson said. "Most vet hospitals charge in that area."

The cat problem isn't the only unique happening down at the animal shelter.

"We have an iguana. We've had him for three days and no one has claimed him," Mullen said. "He's a couple of feet long, and it's getting pretty expensive to hold him because of what he eats."

The iguana was picked up in the T & C trailer park on Lincoln Street, Mullen said, and he's available for adoption on June 1.

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