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NAFA rescues nearly 50 cats from Jonesboro home

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Have you noticed any stray cats on the side of the road? Stray cats are becoming a big problem inCraighead County. The Northeast Arkansans for Animals organization rescued nearly 50 cats Saturday from one home in Jonesboro.

Residents at one home starting leaving out food for the stray cats in their neighborhood and in no time, 5 felines turned to 50.

"Today, the NAFA raid team is going to go out to the LMJ trailer park and we are going to try to eliminate  the massive cat problem that going on out there," said Wannda Turner, executive director of Northeast Arkansans for Animals. 

Turner said one home in particular has been swarmed with cats.

"They can no longer take care of them," Turner said. "These are cats that they started out with an or people have dumped or people in the trailer park have moved off and left."

On Saturday, the NAFA team rescued as many cats as they could.

"We're going to get everything out the inside of the home and we are going to provide them with some things that they can spray the home with to kill the fleas and pests inside," she said. 

Turner said about 100 stray cats have been spotted in this neighborhood.

"This is not even extraordinary compared to other places in Jonesboro where the cat population is out of control," she said. 

She says cats carry diseases that can be harmful and contagious. 

"State law says it's against the law to leave behind, to abandon, to dump any animal," Turner said . She said they will revisit this neighborhood in just over a week to pick up even more cats. 

"We will put a letter campaign to all the neighboring houses and trailers to say beginning July 8th we will start trapping cats in this neighborhood," she said. 

Turner said it's important residents avoid leaving food outside their house because it draws in cats and other harmful animals.

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