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Fresh Meadows feral cats cause lawn nightmare

183 St. homeowner says nearby biz is making issue worse, which it denies

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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 11:54 am, Thu Aug 29, 2019.

It’s a purr-oblem.

Peter Kaufman of 183rd Street in Fresh Meadows has absolutely had it with feral cats in the neighborhood using his yard as a bathroom and killing his grass.

Avoiding the feces is difficult.

“I can’t cut the lawn without either stepping in something or having the lawn mower kick it up on me,” said the homeowner, who lives on the block immediately south of the eastbound Horace Harding Expressway.

Kaufman reached out to the city, which had cats at the location trapped, neutered and returned. But the problem hasn’t appreciably improved.

He charges that a neighboring business is complicit in the feline fiasco, claiming veterinarians from Queens Animal Health at 183rd and the Horace Harding have been leaving food and water out for the cats in a space behind the business that it shares with other stores on the block.

He recalls walking by and seeing a veterinarian from the business putting food out.

“I said, ‘You’re attracting the cats,’” he remembered. “And they said, ‘What am I supposed to do, let them die?’”

Speaking for Queens Animal Health’s ownership, attorney Robert Unger dismissed Kaufman’s claim that any employee from the business left food or water out for the felines, or did anything else to encourage their presence.

The person doing that is a man in the community named “Spiro,” the attorney said. The next time the man is seen by a veterinary employee, they will ask him to stop, Unger added.

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1 comment:

  • Alleycat posted at 10:04 am on Sat, Aug 24, 2019.

    Alleycat Posts: 1

    The caretaker of the cats should build outdoor covered litter boxes —put in play sand and scope regularly — this really helps stop the cats from using lawns and gardens