GENESEO — Village Board Trustee Mary Rutigliano proposes that the Village set funds aside to help lower the cat population in Geneseo.
Rutigliano proposed that the board consider bringing in vets who would be willing to spay and neuter stray and abandoned cats throughout the village.
“The cats didn’t ask for this,” said Rutigliano. “They are here because of human irresponsibility and human neglect.”
She hopes that funds will be set aside to bring in vets in order to keep more control over the cat colonies by making sure they don’t reproduce.
She further proposed that a couple people be appointed to feed the current cat colonies to make sure they don’t die.
Mayor Richard Hatheway stayed quiet during her proposal.
“I would really like to hear what you think,” said Rutigliano to Hatheway. “I’m not really hearing what you think about this.”
“Why don’t you look at how other communities have handled this,” said Hatheway. “Find some case studies and bring it back to us.”
Rutigliano’s plan, if put into action, will take time to see progress but is one she believes has the potential to help out the cats and the community.