LAPD Rescuing Homeless Cats on Skid Row

Police officers and volunteers are trying to round up a colony of feral cats

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    Los Angeles Police Department officers on Saturday were rounding up more than 50 stray cats that had been fed by a Skid Row church that's closed. Michelle Valles reports for NBC4's Today in LA at 7 a.m. on April 28, 2012.

    Dozens of feral cats roaming the streets of Skid Row were in the process of being rescued by off-duty Los Angeles police officers and a volunteer group Saturday.

    More than 50 cats and kittens are being rounded up to be taken to a no-kill animal shelter in hope that they’ll find caring homes.

    The cats have been fed for years by a church near the intersection of East Seventh and San Julian streets in downtown Los Angeles. But the church has closed and the building’s new owner wants the animals gone, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

    So a local rescue group, Voice for the Animals, has partnered with the LAPD to gather the felines so that they’re not forced to fend for themselves on city streets.

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    Only three cats had been rescued by about 9 a.m. after several hours of searching, said LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera of the Media Relations Section.

    “They do hide, so it’s hard to get them,” Herrera said.

    But the effort will be continuing throughout the day, she said.

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