Ordinance tackling feral cat overpopulation passed by city

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Knoxville’s City Council passed an ordinance aimed at tackling the overpopulation of feral cats at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

     MORE | Knoxville city leaders tackling overpopulation of feral cats with proposed ordinance

We told you last month when changes to the ordinance were proposed, with that old ordinance making it so stray cats captured by Animal Control are neutered and vaccinated; if they were not adopted or sent to a rescue, they were eventually euthanized. 

After tonight’s 8-2 vote passing the new ordinance, cats will instead be released back into the community – after they’re neutered/spayed and vaccinated. 

Janet Testerman with the Young-Williams Animal Center says this change will help the shelter and the city. 

“Right now this is the most effective strategy we know works as far as addressing cat overpopulation,” she said. “So we really need to look at the core of the issue and address it.” 

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