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Carthage Homeowner Posts "Cat Burgers For Sale" Sign in Front Yard

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CARTHAGE, MISSOURI -

“Cat Burgers For Sale,” that's what a controversial sign advertises outside a Carthage resident's home.

"I don't think it's right. And I don't think most of the neighbors think it's right,” says across the street neighbor Mat Lee.

The homeowner has since taken the sign down after several neighbor complaints to authorities.

"What was your initial reaction when you saw the sign?” KOAM's Diane Gerstenfeld asks Animal Control Officer Katie Wieberg.

"It was very disheartening and I was concerned obviously like the neighbors that you know, something was going on. But the more I looked into it I think it was just kind of a warning to you know his neighbors. ‘Hey keep your cats inside, or keep them out of my yard,’” she says.

Although the sign has been removed, there's still cat traps in the front yard. And neighbors like Mat Lee wants them gone.

"He started putting up traps and catching them…because I like animals and I feed wild cats back here in the back and five of them are gone already,” Lee says.

Authorities have been out to this house lately to investigate and so far they say they've found no evidence of animal abuse.

"We really took no action other than, we did a little bit of investigation, just to make sure there were no actual allegations of missing animals or animal abuse or anything like that. And there wasn't. So that's the only action we took,” says Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan.

Animal Control Officer Katie Wieberg says feral cats are a growing problem for the city.

"It's a big issue. You know, we have a group that has caretakers for feral cats, and they have to register colonies so that helps some. But the problem is that we can't get them spayed and neutered quick enough. So they just keep multiplying, and so the problem grows," Wieberg says.

Lee says he's just trying to help the cats, but the gravel sitting outside the house is like a big litterbox attracting the animals.

"If he removed the gravel, he wouldn't even need the traps. Because you very ever seldom see a cat over there."

KOAM tried to talk with the homeowner but were not able to, authorities have also tried to make contact with the man but have failed. They say although they would rather the sign not have been posted, it's a free speech issue, and they won't intervene unless there's evidence of abuse.

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