One of the feral cats known to roam in a Seaford neighborhood. (Photo: WBOC)
SEAFORD, Del.- People in one Seaford community say they are frustrated with the rising number of feral cats invading their neighborhood. Neighbors in the area of Bradford and Popular streets have a growing issue in their community with feral cats.
Jennifer Macinta lives in the neighborhood and said over the past few years the number of cats has grown tremendously. Macinta said that on a daily basis, neighbors see at least 50 feral cats in her block of the neighborhood alone.
"They're all over the neighborhood, they get into your backyard, our fence is torn up from cats climbing it. They're trying to drink out of our pool all the time and underneath the house or near windows," Macinta said.
Macinta's young son Liam described the cats as cute, but annoying to him and the rest of the neighborhood. Macinta said the cats create quite a mess in her yard and neighbor' yards.
"They're messy. It's disgusting and they spray around the backyard so sometimes you're smelling it near the windows," Macinta further explained.
George Collinson lives in the area also and said he's tried to get help from animal control and the SPCA to have the cats removed.
"Animal control just said they can't do anything about it; we've called them, we've talked to them and they said there's nothing they can do," Collinson said.
Colin Richman with the Delaware SPCA said in a statement to WBOC, Delaware state law recognizes cats as "free roaming" animals, similar to wild animals. Therefore, by law animal control cannot come out to neighborhoods and catch feral cats. Richman said the SPCA can help with neutering, if the feral cat is brought into the office.
Richman said while the Delaware SPCA is limited by law in what it can do, there are local rescue groups in Seaford and other areas that help communities with the trap, neuter and release program for feral cats.