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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Folks in Southport say feral cats are a citywide issue. But after one neighborhood raised some concerns about the cats, a resident pushed back.

Barry Amerson is a feral cat advocate. He’s been feeding and looking after the stray cats in his neighborhood Cottage Point for years.

“We have spayed and neutered and placed litters of kittens … I’d say it’s 40-45 cats,” Amerson said.

This Spring, the home owners association met to resolve the issue. One anonymous resident says most people in the neighborhood just want to leave it in the hands of the board.

“We wanted it to be addressed in a proper fashion and not just by one person, but by a voice for all of us,” she said.

Amerson says they just don’t understand. “We’ve not found some of the homeowners in our neighborhood open-minded about other ways of looking at this,” Amerson said. “I don’t know if it’s close-mindedness. I don’t know if they just hate cats. It’s probably some of all of that.”

The anonymous neighbor disagrees.
“Nobody dislikes the cats, wants them to be trapped, killed, whatever … we just don’t want them to be a nuisance.”

What really brought this into the light was a cat was caught by a trap a few blocks from the neighborhood. The cat, now named lucky, is being cared for at the Capeside Animal Hospital in Leland. We tried to get an update with lucky but the hospital refused citing doctor-patient confidentiality.

The trap was initially thought to be set illegally, but it was later discovered to have been set by an official with the NC Wildlife Commission.

The homeowners association says that trap is not the kind they were looking into using.

The HOA will hold a meeting to discuss the feral cats on the 28th.

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