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Stray cats taking over Sylvania neighborhood

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SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Residents in Sylvania are fed up with stray cats roaming their neighborhood, so they took their concerns to city council.

About a dozen residents attended the Sylvania city council meeting Monday night to speak out about the growing number of stray cats in their neighborhood. They say about 18 cats have taken over the area of Vicksburg Drive and Woodland Lane. They said one neighbor likes to feed the strays.

City Council Member Mark Luetke says city administrators are now looking at ways to control the situation, including contacting the health department with concerns about cat feces, reaching out to the Humane Society to help with sterilizing the animals, and possibly having police enforcement against the neighbor feeding the cats.

The city had a cat problem in 2002, and Luetke says despite months of trying to find a solution, they never came to one.

"What council is trying to do this time is come up with a workable, quick solution for the neighbors," he said. "We understand it's a problem, but we also understand we have to be careful about animal rights, so we want to draw a line where we try to resolve the problem, even though it may take a little bit of time."

Luetke says a city representative will speak to the resident feeding the cats to see if they can resolve the issue.

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