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Forum staff reports, Published October 18 2010

WF Commission to address Minn-Kota PAAWS request again tonight

WEST FARGO - Commissioners here plan to discuss again tonight a contract request from Minn-Kota PAAWS dealing with the city’s stray cat population.

The meeting is open to the public and begins at 5:30 p.m. at West Fargo City Hall, 801 4th Ave. E.

Commissioners first broached the topic at their Oct. 4. meeting. PAAWS asked the city to enter into a contract with the group similar to contracts already set up in Fargo and Moorhead.

Under the contract, the city would cover the cost to vaccinate, spay or neuter and microchip stray cats. The cats would then be released back into the wild.

Commissioner Mark Simmons vocally opposed the cost-effectiveness of the idea, asking “Wouldn’t we be better off putting (cats) to sleep?” After some debate, the commission had delayed action until tonight’s meeting.