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Council Considers Stray Cat Policy Change

Carthage, IL – Carthage aldermen will consider changing policy to have new stray cats that are picked up taken directly to a veterinarian for euthanasia. City Clerk Katherine Graham says the policy would not be popular. However, the city's shelter has reached capacity for cats. A privately-run no-kill shelter called My Matthew's House is also nearing capacity. Martha Anderson of My Matthew's House says she will propose the idea of having those volunteers screen cats picked up by the animal control officer. Those deemed adoptable could be taken to the volunteer shelter. Others would go to a veterinarian for euthanasia.