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Feral cats a problem on USI campus

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There's a feral cat population on the USI campus and students tell 14 News they want to see more done about the problem.

Students say being greeted by a feline friend is nothing out of the ordinary near the on-campus housing at USI.

One student says the population of feral cats is continuing to grow, which is why she started a petition to curb the problem.

Audrey Maxwell says feral cats have been a problem for several years and say she would see cats with bags on their heads as a cruel joke from other students.

As a part of her petition, she wants the university to adopt a trap, neuter, and return policy.

She says the program would be ran by students from donations and wouldn't be an added expense to the school.

Maxwell says she talked to school administrators without much luck.

"They're not interested," said Maxwell. "They think it's cruel even though the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA support it, they don't want to hear about it. I'm not going to back down on the issue because I feel like it's an important thing that people care about and the cats need help."

Maxwell says she does have meetings scheduled with other school administrators to address the problem.

The university tells 14 News that twice a year they set up traps to catch the cats and turn them over to animal control.

To view and sign the petition, click here.

To visit the Southern Indiana Campus Cat Allies Facebook page, click here.

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