Iowa town scratches bounty on stray cats

March 23, 2008 6:28:59 AM PDT

The Randolph city council has signed an agreement with animal rescue groups to catch, neuter and release the cats.

The southwest Iowa town is home to 200 people and dozens of feral cats. Reacting to complaints about all the roaming cats, council members approved the bounty idea, under which strays would be put down.

That's when the fur really started flying, which prompted plan B, to spare the kitties but keep them from having more.

The policy will also apply to house cats. As one animal rescuer puts it, "We have to hit this from every angle."