By Don Ford

ANTIOCH (KPIX 5) – The East Bay community of Antioch is divided on how to deal with the growing number of feral cats in the city. A flyer claims the city will trap the cats, which city officials deny.

An ominous flyer alerts residents of one neighborhood that trapping is about to begin, warning folks to keep their pet cats indoors so they won’t be trapped in the operation allegedly being done by the city.

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“I was alarmed and surprised because it said City of Antioch Animals Services with their address and their phone number,” said Susan Smith of the Homeless Animal Response Program.

Animal services said they never produced the flyer. They claim it was a hoax.

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Still, cat rescue folks are very alarmed that someone else may be planning to trap the feral cats.

“You also have the fear that people are trapping cats because they use them to train their fighting dogs,” Smith told KPIX 5.

There are a lot of feral cats in Antioch. At the animal services building itself, nearly a dozen live in the bushes.

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The Homeless Animal Response Program is working with the city to find a way to properly deal with feral cats. The issue is scheduled to go before the council on November 10th.