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A draft ordinance that would prohibit feeding wild animals or feeding one’s own pets in a way that attracts wild animals was discussed at the council’s study session Monday. The ordinance is in response to what some residents see as an overpopulation of feral cats.

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At Monday’s meeting, several individuals addressed the council to urge them to reconsider the feeding ban, which would counteract the more humane method of trap, neuter, return (TNR). A resident from Vandalia, Brenda Morris, disputed that cats are a problem in the city. 

“If there’s a problem, people need to call the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center. They will have the animal neutered or spayed and released,” said Morris 

Others who addressed the council were Deborah Smith and Jody Patton, co-founders of Calico TNR, of Springfield, who urged council to consider a TNR program. 

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