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Village of Florida looking to enact feral cat law

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ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. -- A new law has been proposed in the Village of Florida to help control the feral cat population.

The Cat Control Act of the Village of Florida is being proposed following a number of concerns from residents.

Officials say residents feed the feral cats and then they breed and their numbers are getting out of control. They also say the cats create noise, smell and health risks because most are not vaccinated.

"They will feed them, but as soon as they get sick, they don't take them to the vet. They call the humane society. Or they are moving and these 15 to 20 cats that live outside no longer have a care giver. We hope to create organized colonies where people will be fully responsible. Any cat outside will be spayed or neutered," said Suzyn Barron, President of the Warwick Valley Humane Soiety.

Florida officials are looking to the Village of Warwick and the Warwick Valley Humane Society for guidance.

Warwick recently enacted a similar cat law.

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