Fight over stray cats in Wake County resolved

February 2, 2012 7:48:47 PM PST
Two stray cats being held by the Wake County Animal Center have been released to a local rescue organization.

The animals were at the center of a controversy over cats taken from an Apex mobile home park. Wake county officials claimed the dozen cats they captured were a public nuisance and could not be released.

In documents filed Wednesday, Operation Catnip, an organization that captures, sterilizes, and releases stray cats, claimed that, despite an agreement with the county, an animal control officer intimidated caretakers at the mobile home park since June of last year -- saying they'd be liable if the cats hurt anyone.

In all, 12 cats were captured and taken to the county shelter. Ten were euthanized. Operation Catnip was fighting to keep the remaining cats alive to be transferred to their care.

The lawsuit regarding a breach of contract between Wake County and Operation Catnip regarding a trap-neuter-return program remains in place. Wake County has 60 days to respond to the lawsuit.

An Operation Catnip official said the two cats will be relocated to a private property. The cats will not be available for adoption.

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