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Posted: Monday, June 4, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:55 am, Mon Jun 4, 2012.

Have you heard that we are in the mist of the kitty season? Well, there are many out there who know this trend. The fact is that people with little or no experience are trapping animals and have no clue what impact they have on this city.

Recently, a Lodi elementary school trapped a skunk and left it in a cage for three days. Kids were on the playground and saw this poor thing suffer. People, please, you cannot trap an animal on a Friday and take it in on Monday. No food or water. (You cannot trap a wild animal. It's against the law.) Then there was a nursery that had a trap out and caught a feral cat, and they found it days later dead!

The traps are just for catching. The animal shelter had furlough days and were not there three days. Who will help you?

You need to check your community before you trap a cat. Even better, call someone else. They have people who will help. There is the shelter. There are also other options, like Cats of All Colors. Call please. With these long three-day holidays, who looks out for a small animal? This is just cruel.

If you are taking an animal in for a spay or neuter, please check with the clinic. Lots of times they only take animals on certain days. Don't trap an animal unless you are sure of the outcome, please. Believe me, it could be someone's pet that has just wondered a little far from home.

Darlene Jackson

Lodi

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