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Stray cats are on the loose at Tesco in Limerick

Tesco at Coonagh Cross
STRAY cats are wandering into Tesco’s store at Coonagh Cross.

STRAY cats are wandering into Tesco’s store at Coonagh Cross.

Staff at the retailer have been forced to remove the feral creatures for health and safety reasons.

But Feral Cats Limerick, the group which aims to reduce the number of stray creatures wandering the streets by neutering and adoption, say it is a “disgrace” that the cats are being left on a nearby farm to effectively fend for themselves again.

It is understood two cats were removed from the Tesco store in the last week.

One animal, considered to be a domestic cat, was released back into the local area, while another, a feral cat, was put on a farm.

Tesco has been in contact with Feral Cats Limerick, and it is understood that should the problem arise again, any feral cat will be passed over to them so the group can neuter, and put them up for adoption.

A spokesman for Tesco Ireland said: “There are a lot of things you need to take into account. We cannot have cats running around the store for obvious reasons. But as an organisation, we will always try and be as humane as possible.”

At the last two council meetings, Fianna Fail’s Kieran O’Hanlon has raised the issue of feral cats, in a bid to find out if there is a policy around them in the same manner as stray horses. He was told there is not.

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