Brooklyn Feral Cats Threatened by Locals
BROOKLYN, NY – A colony of feral cats living in a Brooklyn is fed by an anonymous local, but someone who disagrees with that person's motives has posted a sign stating if the feedings continue, the food will be doused with ammonia.
“Every time you place cat food here, I will soak it in ammonia,” and, “The owner of this lot insists you stop feeding the cats here,” were written on signs posted near the lot entrance.
According to a report by the NY Daily News, someone started leaving food for a few feral cats living in the Carroll Gardens lot a few weeks ago. Initially, the unknown person left the food outside the lot, but then the food could be seen inside.
Since the food started showing up, the colony has grown, and so have the variety of animals eating it. According to local residents, a number of rats has also increased of late.
The issue is divisive for the neighborhood. Some believe the signs are inappropriate, while others agree that the cats have become an issue.
One resident said the sounds of meowing cats can be heard all hours of the night. Another said droppings are left in his yard by the felines.
Locals worry the population will continue growing if the feeding continues. One report indicated that initially a small amount of food was being left on a plate. That has since increased – and now a pan full of kitty chow shows up regularly.
The parking lot is owned by Joseph Gentil, who said he understands the gravity of the issue, but would never post such a sign. Whoever put the warning up was attempting to usurp his authority.
Forty-year-old Andrea Benson, a cat owner, informed the ASPCA of the signs. She said she was disgusted by the threats, since people also walk their dogs near the lot.
According to Alley Cat Allies President Becky Robinson, Federal anti-animal cruelty laws protect stray and feral cats. If someone were to harm the animals, they'd be committing a serious crime.
The authorities have not yet become involved in this case. However, the City of New York has been dealing with feral cats for some time now and will undoubtedly be contacted. For now, the ASPCA is working on drumming up some answers. Gentil says he's also working on tracking down the responsible party.
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