August 30th, 2011 by WCBC Radio
Allegany County and the city of Cumberland have been working cooperatively to institute a trap, neuter and release program at Constitution Park in an effort to get a handle on the problem of feral cats and a growing feline population. At tonight’s city council meeting, Dick Devore with Emergency Management and Karl Brubaker, Director of the Allegany County Animal Shelter, will provide an update on the program. Devore says that in a trap, neuter release program, cat colonies would be identified, then assigned a colony manger to oversee that. In the program, volunteers would manage the food and control the colony, would trap male cats, which would then be taken to vets and neutered, as well as given vaccinations. A regular critic of the local Animal Shelter operation has been Ken Wilmot who resides near the park. He says trap, neuter and release programs do nothing to address the real issue.