The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

January 25, 2010

TVA’s dander up over cats on its NW Alabama land


The cat lovers said the animals are fed so they won’t feast on wildlife and are adopted before they can breed. Overton said the biggest population he’s seen is 16 cats. Plus, the “Rock Pile cats” have become an attraction for visitors who leave notes, food and donations for the drop-offs.

Johnson got the dry and soft food out of her trunk and went over to the four cats who cautiously approached the dishes. Owners await all four cats, but the future pets require being caught, medically checked and fixed before the felines go to homes.

“I commend those people for doing that, but the people just turning the cats loose are adding to the problem of overpopulation,” said Kenny Price, Colbert County Animal Control officer.

Not everyone loves the cats.

Three weeks ago, Overton found two cats had been smashed against the rocks and died.

Several minutes after being fed, the cats had had their fill and started licking their paws and wandering around.

“I’ll take my leave because I have two other cats to feed,” Johnson said.

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