Excessive stray animals in Douglas County parks could start problems

Animal Control in Douglas County has been overwhelmed with all of the stray animals in the parks.

Posted: Oct 18, 2017 1:14 PM
Updated: Oct 18, 2017 1:14 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Parks & Campgrounds department issued a statement that said there had been an influx of wild and domestic animals in the parks lately. Specifically Stanton Park, near Canyonville, had gained 26 cats in the past month.

Staff said that a lot of these stray cats at Stanton and other parks have come from people letting their pets go free. Once the cats are in the parks they start to multiply. This has created a lot of work for animal control.

Deputy Lee Bartholomew with animal control said they've been attempting to catch a lot of the cats. Once the cats are caught they're given to the Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center, where it's determined if they're eligible for adoption or not. 

Bartholomew said this eligibility depends on how wild the cat has become. ”Adult feral cats are a lot harder, because it’s hard to change their disposition, and we can’t put anything out in the public that might hurt somebody.”

He said a lot of people leave their pets in parks because it's convenient and others don't see them leaving their animal. Another reason might be that there is a fee for dropping off a pet at a shelter, and some people can't afford it. 

He wanted people to know that there is another option in that case. ”Feel free to call animal control, and if I’m working and I’m in the area I’ll be more than happy to assist you guys in finding a way to get your animal up to the shelter at no cost.”

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