feral cats Bullhead City AZ
Animal lover isn't fond of county's pet limit
Mohave Valley News, NV - July 16, 2006
The positive message is that many of the 8 million annual deaths can be prevented with laws that limit breeding and litters, Warner said.
Leah Rojos, bureau manager at Bullhead City Animal Control Shelter, thinks that before such laws can be implemented, they need to be looked at from both sides.
“It will cut down the numbers, but the other side is people putting their litters into a gunny sack and dumping it into the river to hide from the law,” Rojos said. “It needs to be something that's enforceable,” she added.
There are currently no state laws requiring spaying/neutering, unless the animal is adopted from a shelter. The problem with Bullhead City's “high volume of wild feral cats” remains, Rojos said. Many residents think they're helping by feeding the animals, but they're only giving the cats breeding grounds.
The feral cat population swells in the summer months when animal control doesn't set traps in temperatures over 90 degrees because it's inhumane.
“They're just breeding, breeding and breeding,” Rojos said. “And then they go on to the next place and it's a continuing problem.”
While the younger cats can still be domesticated, there is no way to train mature feral cats. They are euthanized, and accounted for half of the total deaths at the shelter last year.