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100 stray cats spreading sickness in Jerry City

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JERRY CITY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Feral cats are being blamed for making people sick in Jerry City, so an emergency ordinance was passed to trap them.

About 100 feral cats are spreading ringworm in the small town. Now the town has hired someone to trap them.

Council members say trapping the feral cats is critical to keeping residents safe. So far, there have been 18 cases of ringworm in people, and two in dogs. One child was infected with MERSA.

"This was perfectly legal," said Council President Laurence Boon. "We did everything by the book, as best we knew."

But residents say it's not just alley cats being trapped.

"My neighbor lost four [cats], I lost one, and they were trapping on the lot between us," said Fred Bowerman.

Bowerman says his cat Bella has been missing since late August, and he thinks his worst fear has come true.

"[I think] she's met a painful death," he said.

Bowerman says the death was unnecessary, but parents dealing with the aftermath of sick children say it was a necessary evil.

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