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Feral Cats Causing Nuisance In Whitman Plaza

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SOUTH PHILADELPHIA -

"It's unsafe and unsanitary for us," a SEPTA bus driver told FOX 29.

"Hopefully you don't get fleas on you," another said.

Ask any SEPTA bus driver in South Philly, and chances are they know about "the cats".

"They're pooping all over the place," said another bus driver.

Those cats, around 60 of them, have taken up residence in the parking lot behind Whitman Plaza. It happens to be the same place where SEPTA drivers wait during layovers.

"It's unsanitary, it's nasty it's not healthy, the fleas infestation," said a SEPTA bus driver..

From observing the scene, it is clear that these stray cats are certainly living fat. Some have even have their own makeshift cat condos that are overflowing bowls of food. It's obvious someone is looking after them.

That cat lady is Teresa Reed, who built this colony.

"All the colonies are overfilled; all the shelters are overfilled. It's not their fault they are down here. So I will fight to my last breath to keep the cats safe," Teresa Reed told FOX 29.

Reed, who didn't want to appear on camera, is one of a handful of people who come out every day and night to feed the cats.

"What do you say when people say they're a nuisance?" Chris O'Connell asked one of them.

"They're ridiculous. They're a nuisance, the people, not the cats. Plain English," Sandra Toscani told Chris.

As long as it's ok with the property owner and there are no serious health concerns, a cat colony like this one in South Philly is perfectly legal.

"The idea of actually somehow catch them all and remove them is not actually realistic," said Susan Cosby of the City's Animal Care Control Team.

The head of the city's Animal Care Control Team encourages trapping, neutering and then releasing strays back onto the streets as a way of cutting down on overpopulation.

"The fact of the matter is there may be as many as 380,000 cats living outdoors in Philadelphia and they are receiving some types of care," revealed Cosby.

However, what some people call compassion, others call a nuisance.

"They're fed well, so why can't people take them home with them then," said a SEPTA bus driver.

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