Stray cats in ‘Cat Mecca’ are neutered in op­er­a­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Close to 50 stray cats in the town of Hou­tong ( ) in north­ern Tai­wan were neutered Mon­day as part of ef­forts to keep the pop­u­la­tion of strays there un­der con­trol.

Vet­eri­nar­i­ans and staffers with New Taipei’s An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion and Health In­spec­tion Of­fice neutered 49 of about 200 stray cats in Hou­tong, which is dubbed by some as Tai­wan’ s “cat Mecca” and was se­lected by U.S. ca­ble net­work CNN as one of six places where cats out­shone other tourist at­trac­tions in 2013.

The re­main­ing strays will be neutered in dif­fer­ent stages, said Chen Yuan-chuan, head of the city’s Pro­tec­tion and Health In­spec­tion Of­fice.

They also vac­ci­nated the 49 cats as a way to pro­tect vis­i­tors who might han­dle them. The per­son­nel also took a cen­sus of the cats in the town to bet­ter keep track of them.

The pop­u­lar­ity of the town has at­tracted some un­scrupu­lous cat own­ers to dump their cats in the town, which some­times leads to out­breaks of in­fec­tious fe­line dis­eases.

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