After years of cleaning up after feral cats, several Bellaire residents came before council during its Monday night meeting, seeking help.
Every night people come and feed the feral cats in the 5200 block of Spruce, leaving several plates of food for the property owners to clean up.
“These people travel to our neighborhood and dump plates on our property,” said Margo Costello, president of Riverway Business Services at 5213 Spruce.
Costello said the cats come out of the trees when the feeders bring food at night and the flower beds of her business have turned into a litter box.
Sue Strickland, of The Children’s Gallery at 5204 Spruce, said she’s been trapping cats for 15 years and feels “like animal control.”
Strickland said every day she has to clean feces out of the backyard of the property before the children can come out to play.
“It’s just horrible when you have little children that you’re trying to protect when you have feces everywhere,” she said.
Fred Costello, who has an office with his wife at 5213 Spruce, said the situation is affecting everyone and he views it as a health issue.
He said there is over 50 feral cats in the neighborhood.
“We have people pulling up in the alley behind us with the lights turned off,” he said. “It’s completely unnerving.”
Dr. Johnnie P. Frazier, a Jessamine Street resident, said there are several diseases people can get from cats and she doesn’t want to see anyone get sick.
Hemu Vala, of 5220 Cedar, said a kitten got stuck in the attic and they had to cut the sheet rock to get it out.
Costello said she would like to see council approve an ordinance that says they cannot feed cats on city easements and have to have the owner’s permission before they can come onto their property.
Council plans on putting this issue on a future agenda.