Neighbors say feral cats taking over northwest community
Some homeowners in the northwest part of the valley said their neighborhood has gone to the cats.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Some homeowners in the northwest part of the Valley said their neighborhood has gone to the cats.
"Cats constantly in my yard, throwing up in my driveway, using my yard as a litter box," said homeowner Andee Grigsby.
They may look cute but Grigsby said felines have taken over her community near Lone Mountain and Decatur. Grigsby said the problem has been going on for years, but seems to have gotten worse in recent weeks.
Between six and 12 cats have been seen roaming the streets, Grigsby said. Concerned for her children and the cleanliness of the community, Grigsby said she called animal control several times and complained to the homeowners association. The homeowner said the cats leave behind a mess that includes feces, urine and even a dead rat found in her yard.
"When I saw the rat, it was - it was unlike any other feeling I've ever had. I was just sick to my stomach," said Grigsby.
It's unclear who's feeding the animals but neighbors said they often see them coming from a nearby home. When Action News knocked at the door of that property, no one answered. Las Vegas animal control said it's had the same luck. The city has received five calls about cats at the home since last year but animal control has been unable to reach the owner, said city spokesman Jace Radke.
"With all their feces and urine everywhere, nobody's cleaning it up," said neighbor Jessica Nablo. "Over time, it's going to be a hazard if it's just sitting there."
Nablo said the smell of cat urine is one problem and it barely scratches the surface.
"In the heat, you can smell everything and it's bad," said Nablo.
Neighbors had also installed wiring around the fences in their yards but even that has not kept out the cats.
"Quite often the issue is basically a lack of trust and fear that someone is going to come and harm the cats," said Keith Williams, president of the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County.
Williams said feral cat colonies are legal in Las Vegas, if registered with him, but that is not the case here. The city spells out rules on how the cats must be cared for.
"Whether you like cats or not, they need to be managed responsibly," said Williams, who noted organizations work to spay and neuter the cats to control the population.
The Los Prados Golf and Country Club, where the community is located, said it has fined the owner of the house in question and called them to hearings but does not get a response, chief operating officer Margaret Thayer told Action News over the phone.
An animal rescue group has spayed and neutered some of the cats and animal control will visit the neighborhood again in the coming weeks, said Radke.
Grigsby hopes this latest cat fight will soon come to an end.
"I've been dealing with it for so long, it's almost become commonplace," she said.