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Hundreds of cats take over island on Niagara River's Tonawanda Island

Island In Upstate New York Taken Over By Cats

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) - A small island near Buffalo has a big cat problem thanks to people who have abandoned felines there over the years.

WIVB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1n6wtNe ) that hundreds of feral and abandoned cats are believed to be on the Niagara River's Tonawanda Island.

Mike Charnock owns a marina and restaurant on the 85-acre island just north of Buffalo. He says the cats are making a mess of the island, and even have gotten onto boats at his marina.

Danielle Coogan has launched Operation Island Cats to stem the growing problem. She's trapping cats and having them spayed or neutered by veterinarians.

In the last 10 days, she has trapped 10 cats. Kittens will be put up for adoptions. Adult cats will be returned to the island.

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mickylitz2 August 03 2014 at 7:53 AM

People always have a way to make things worse in the world ..
I cannot understand people abandoning their pets, it may sound liberal of me but this is one issue that I will not budge on considering the alternatives..
Mistreat animals you're bound to mistreat people.

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Madeline August 03 2014 at 11:07 AM

Astonished at the cat-hater comments. We sure get some interesting "comments" going on a range of subjects. Sometimes depressing as hell, but...interesting. The venom directed at the cats here would probably be of interest to mental health professionals.

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katydid579 Madeline August 03 2014 at 11:10 AM

Undoubtedly, the worst of the hateful comments are from the wacko gun nuts itching to murder something... anything. That's just how they roll.

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ga7smi Madeline August 03 2014 at 9:59 PM

domestic cats are not native and feral cats should be destroyed

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ladynytemyste ga7smi August 03 2014 at 11:07 PM

Most people are not 'native' either. Can we destroy them too?

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Patricia,,,,, August 03 2014 at 9:35 AM

People are so sick ******** not to take care of their pets...They are the type that would leave their kids in a hot car Idiots

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BettyKC August 03 2014 at 9:47 AM

The feral cat program that she is sponsoring does work but it takes a little time. We do it here in New Jersey and have seen an overall drop in the the homeless cat population. Stick with it.

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lneslusan August 03 2014 at 8:07 AM

Be resposible. Spay and neuter. porsceute people who abandone their pets!

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yurday6 August 03 2014 at 9:58 AM

Cats are better than people let them have the island and get rid of the people. Hunt people like dondemaria and make lampshades and wigs out of them. Long live the Cats.

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movielover1958 August 03 2014 at 11:08 AM

Well, I'll bet they don't have any small rodents on that island. :D

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almasearch movielover1958 August 03 2014 at 3:54 PM

A no songbirds, rabbits, chipmunks, etc either :-(.

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IBruzEZ August 03 2014 at 8:38 AM

Cats carry many diseases. This is a case of a lot of them needing to be caught and euthenized. Just spaying a few then turning them back loose is not a good plan at all.

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dave you rock August 03 2014 at 7:56 AM

12 gauge shotgun is the solution

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dondemaria August 03 2014 at 7:38 AM

Offer guided feral cat hunts, like the Australians do. Some actually have nice pelts and would make good hand bags and hats.

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