ALERT – UPDATE
We are very sad to report that County officials have responded to our 77 page proposal (after only 48 hours) as follows:
“Ms. Raymond: I greatly appreciate your extensive response to our request for a plan regarding the cat colony at Saddle Creek Park. It is clear that a tremendous amount of time and effort was put into this plan. Unfortunately, the plan does not address the ultimate removal of the feral / abandoned cats as I requested in my email of November 22, 2011. . After discussion with my Administration, the County Attorney’s Office, the Health Department, our Risk Management Director and Polk County Animal Control, I must proceed with the removal of the cat colony in an expeditious manner. Regrettably, our Property staff have been unable to identify a suitable piece of County property that would make a good receiving site without concerns to adjoining property owners. I will strongly encourage Animal Control to make every possible effort to find homes for adoptable cats.
I can tell you that I have a very real appreciation for the work that you and your organization does. I also support the concept of TNR, however, a public recreational park is not a suitable location for a feral / abandoned cat colony. This colony is in violation of Section 3.8 B of Polk County Ordinance 10-084 which specifies the rules and regulations for Polk County Parks. My primary concern is the health and safety of the patrons and employees of our parks. I would be more than willing to meet with you to discuss this further. Please call me at your earliest convenience.
Jeffrey F. Spence, Director
Polk County Parks & Natural Resources Division”
THE ONLY WAY TO SAVE THESE CATS IS TO SPEAK UP – ASK THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO EITHER CHANGE THE ORDINANCE OR PASS A RESOLUTION SO THE TNR COLONY CAN STAY. THE TNR COLONY IS LESS HEALTH CONCERN AND LESS LIABILITY THAN UNMANAGED CATS THAT ARE STILL GOING TO BE DUMPED THERE OR MOVE IN THERE. TRAPPING AND KILLING THEM WILL NOT SOLVE THESE ISSUES!!
It is time for all of us to contribute our time and voice to helping the cats. TNR IS THE ONLY HUMANE SOLUTION
TAKE ACTION NOW! Let these people know that you want the only effective and humane solution for the free-roaming and feral cats in Saddle Creek Park: