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Stray cats can no longer rely on Harrisburg woman’s food supply

A Harrisburg woman tells police she doesn’t want cats to go hungry.  Now, she’s in custody for animal endangerment.
At any point, you’ll see a stray cat roaming the 2000 block of Manada Street.  City officials say they’re looking for food.  But the woman accused of feeding up to two dozen cats, Donna Layton, is no longer allowed to do that.

Neighbor Gloria Skorija and her dog Uber could barely live at home because of stray cats.  She says, “It’s overpowering, a lot of times, I’ll come home to make dinner and I just shut the door and leave, it’s that bad.”
This week, the stench of cat urine coming from Layton’s home has gone down.
Skorija says, “Typically when we walk out the door to take our dog out, there are 5-6 cats on our porch, the last 2 days we’ve had no cat on our porch.”
That’s because city leaders say they’re putting an end of cat hoarding, beginning with Layton’s home.

Harrisburg Police Captain, Colin Cleary says they, “Made sure the structure was safe, there was no unsafe areas or levels of ammonia, fire bureau did a walk through of the residence to make sure it was structurally sound.”
The Harrisburg area Humane Society retrieved three dead cats from inside Layton’s home.  Police interviewed Layton before they took her into custody.
Captain Cleary says, “She has been cooperative, she has told us that she’s been feeding the cats out of the goodness of her heart and doesn’t want them to go hungry.”
Workers with the Humane Society are also investigating additional animal cruelty charges.

Executive Director, Amy Kaunas says, “There was evidence of some fresh activity from cats but the ammonia level and overall odor and signs would not indicate a house full of cats.”
Skorija says, “I’m just really glad it’s going to come to an end…she (Uber) can run freely in her own yard.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse says the city will continue to trap stray cats and crack down on code violators.
It’s also crucial you help control animal overpopulation by spaying and neutering your pets.


10 Comments to “Stray cats can no longer rely on Harrisburg woman’s food supply”

    BOZO THE CLOWN said:
    June 21, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    There are cats stuck inside that locked home. They are peering out the window and now the City of Harrisburg says they are going in to "exterminate small rodents". I call BS on this AND Amy Kaunas, the Director of the Harrisburg Humane Society who determined the number of cats in there by doing an Ammonia test instead of her lazy butt actually looking for them. FAIL

      SP111 said:
      June 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      I called them, they are arrogant and with a really bad attitude. Let their sponsors know that they are a bad organization.

    been there said:
    June 21, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    here kitty kitty BANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Biffa said:
    June 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    You gotta wonder, all the jacklegs moaning about the stray cats and the smell- why didn't they enlist the help of someone to TNR these cats YEARS ago, so they weren't breeding? Sorry, Gloria, don't feel sorry for you. We've TNRed every single stray in our neighborhood, haven't had any litters born for 5 years now. GET PROACTIVE.

      SP111 said:
      June 23, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      That's the only way to go. Shame on the neighbors, the community, the police, the local shelter/authority, but mostly I blame the neighbors because they knew something was very wrong. Still they complained about cats on their porch, were afraid of hungry, starving cats instead of helping them they call the police or spca. Scummy neighbors, scummy city.

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