Feral cats overrun football field
GREEN FOREST -- The city of Green Forest is being overrun with cats, primarily at the practice football field.
According to Animal Control Officer Verlin Griggs, a nearby neighbor made the initial complaint.
"These animals would make great farm animals," he said, "especially if anyone is looking to get rid of some mice."
The department is looking to transport the felines to a more rural location, as well as locally, for domestication.
"If people are interested in helping out, then they need to call the station and we will put them on a list to be given away," he said. "This could eventually turn into a health hazard for the area."
The department's primary agenda is to prevent euthanasia.
"So far we've caught 12 to 15," Police Chief John Bailey said. "Thankfully, none have been euthanized. This is what we are trying to avoid. We're trying to get them to some appropriate owners."
The department has resorted to trapping the felines.
"We're currently live trapping the animals, but that can only go on for so long," Griggs added.
The problem was first realized almost two weeks ago, when Bailey saw approximately 20 to 50 running loose on the practice field just before dusk.
Griggs reiterated how pivotal it is right now that residents on the south side of the field have a collar around their pet's neck.
"The last thing we want to do is to pick up the family cat," he added. "The last thing we want to do is to put any animal down. That is why we are urging the citizens to help us out on this matter."
The department is also giving away cat food for the new owners.
"We've found some homes and some people have come forward, as they are looking to keep the animals at their barn," Bailey said.
He added the department is getting help from the resident who first made the issue known.
"They've rescued about five and had them spayed, neutered and even found them homes," Bailey said. "However, we still have more to catch. So far one person has been generous with their time and found homes for five cats."
The city has already been working diligently with area animal shelters in Missouri and Arkansas in order to combat the loose dog issue, which has resulted in many adoptions, according to Griggs.
"We're running out of room and we need to find these cats some homes," Griggs added.