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Hunt on to get Edgecumbe cats home

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/04/2017
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While Edgecumbe residents are making their way home, many of their pets may need help doing the same.

When the Bay of Plenty town was flooded this month, teams from the SPCA spent days wading through floodwaters and even brought in boats to save cats, dogs, rabbits, cows, ducks and chickens.

But as the clean-up continues, Whakatane District Council says many cats have been left wandering or lost - and plans are now in the works to trap the animals to return them to their families.

Animal control officers and the SPCA will this week be putting out traps - that won't hurt the cats - around the town and checking them daily.

"Any cats captured by the traps will be taken to the SPCA and cared for until the owner can be located," the council said.

It's asked residents not to be alarmed - but to keep children away.

"[The traps] are humane and marked with SPCA branding," it said.

A phone line has also been set up for anyone wanting to register a lost pet and anyone wanting to remove a trap from their property can contact the council.

The Whakatane SPCA has also been putting photos of rescued pets of all species up on its Facebook page in hopes of finding their owners.

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