Taylorsville battling growing stray cat population

Mickey Goodlet points out the numerous cats in his neighborhood
Mickey Goodlet points out the numerous cats in his neighborhood
Mayor Don Pay
Mayor Don Pay

TAYLORSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - People in Taylorsville say they are fed up with unwanted stray cats, but it seems they have no choice for now but to welcome the group. Meanwhile, the mayor says the city is doing everything they can to control the problem.

Nearly 1,800 people live Taylorsville, and recently the population has been growing - the feline population that is.

Mickey Goodlet says he sees cats "everywhere I go."

Goodlet says he's not used to seeing so many cats in one town.

"I mean I've seen stray dogs in big cities," Goodlet said. "But this is a little town and there's cats galore."

There are cats running around downtown, at gas stations, and even roaming around people's homes - and cars.

"They're all over the cars," Goodlet said. "You go up there and look at the cat crap on the hood and stuff.

Goodlett's neighbor, Tabitha Nation couldn't help but chime-in on the cat troubles.

There's a bunch of cat prints there," Nation said. "They go up and down the car. Paw prints everywhere. You call and they do not do nothing about it."

Mayor Don Pay says he has heard the complaint and is aware of the problem, and believes it isn't isolated to Taylorsville.

"The issue we have in Taylorsville and Spencer County is that our Humane Society contract only deals with dogs, so it doesn't have any provisions in there for the cat overpopulation problem," Pay said.

For that reason, he says city officials will round up the cats, take them to Louisville and work with Alley Cats Advocates to get them spayed and neutered - then bring them back home.

Pay, who is a cat lover himself, has a sense of humor about the whole thing, saying the mice population is down, but he hopes more can be done.

Even Goodlet is willing to help the cats even though they can be a nuisance.

"I feed them - you got to - they're starving," Goodlet said. "That's all I can do. Can't take them in the house."

Mayor Pay says the cats have been a growing problem for several years, but thinks they're making progress in tackling it. Pay says they've spayed and neutered at least 100 cats and still have about 200-300 to go. He believes those efforts will eventually help lower the stray cat population.

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