July 24, 2016

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Animal shelter plan OK’d for cats

MEDINA — Medina County commissioners approved a plan Monday they hope will solve the county’s cat problems.

An agreement reached with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will see the county pay $13,000 a year for the Medina County SPCA to take over the cat program.

The county-owned animal shelter has been accepting cats but officials said the shelter is funded entirely by dog-related money and Ohio law forbids using that money for cats.

Now residents will be referred to the SPCA or Kitten Krazy — a local shelter that takes lost, abandoned, stray and unwanted cats and kittens in Medina County and surrounding areas to find them homes.

“In promoting the SPCA and working with Kitten Krazy, we think that will address 95 percent of the issues with cats,” Commissioner Stephen D. Hambley said.

Hambley said the new program should begin in early December. The county will donate cages and cat supplies to the SPCA.

The SPCA will charge $10 per cat. It will not accept feral cats, though Kitten Krazy will.

Kitten Krazy will spay or neuter feral cats and return them to whoever brought them in, or in some cases, keep them. Hambley said SPCA is looking at options for a trap-neuter-release program as well.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.