Maplewood considers euthanasia to control cat population

An Essex County town is considering a controversial solution to cut down on the number of stray cats roaming the streets.Town officials in Maplewood say

MAPLEWOOD - An Essex County town is considering a controversial solution to cut down on the number of stray cats roaming the streets.

Town officials in Maplewood say one option they are looking at is euthanizing some of the homeless felines in an effort to get the population under control.

According to Maplewood's town health officer, he receives at least one call a day from residents complaining about the feral cats. He says people are concerned about rabies.

Jersey Animal Coalition Shelter Founder Ruth Perlmutter says euthanizing any cat is unnecessary. She says the shelter is willing to set aside time to spay and neuter the strays.

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