SPCA Penang extends a helping paw to family with 40 cats

SPCA Penang extends a helping paw to family with 40 cats
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NIBONG TEBAL - The SPCA Penang is willing to provide help to the 40 cats belonging to a family in Jalan Bayan Kecil here.

Its administrator Lily Leng said the centre has run out of space for more cats, but would be glad to provide education, advice and arrange for subsidy to neuter or spay them.

"They must understand that the more they rescue without neutering or spaying, the more the strays will breed in the long term. The population needs to be controlled.

"A mother cat can give birth from two to six kittens up to four times a year," she said when contacted yesterday.

On Monday, the MPSP issued the house owner a seven-day notice under its public nuisance and cleanliness rules.

A neighbour who declined to be named said the woman and her two daughters began rearing the cats about two years ago.

Leng said the cats should not be confined in cages as they need space to wander and excrete.

A check with the SPCA Seberang Prai also found that the centre in Jalan Kampung Besar was already packed with about 100 cats.

Councillor David Marshel who visited the house on Monday said the owner loved animals but might be doing it wrongly.

"We were informed that it was the father who started keeping cats many years ago. When he passed away a few years ago, the daughter took over.

"We need to take action because her neighbours have complained about the stench from the cats' excrement.

"If nothing is done after seven days, we'll confiscate the cats," he said.

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