Middlebury takes steps to curb feral cat numbers

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A northern Indiana community is working to control its cat population by teaming with a group dedicated to feral felines.

 The South Bend Tribune reports Middlebury has partnered with the Elkhart County Feral Cat Coalition for a program that will focus on trapping and spaying or neutering feral cats, then returning them to their location.

The Middlebury Town Cat Project will enlist volunteers to trap cats and serve as "colony caretakers." The cats will be spayed or neutered, receive vaccinations and medical care and have their ears tipped. Their information will be added to a database that animal control officers can check when they pick up a cat.

Humane Society leaders say the number of cats euthanized has decreased since the Feral Cat Coalition formed in 2010.

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