Editor’s note: The original version of the story referenced in the letter below contained inaccurate information as to the whereabouts of the Save the Cats Arizona “sanctuary.” The sanctuary is located at an undisclosed area location. The updated story can be found at evtnow.com/5px. The Tribune regrets the error.
I was greatly disturbed to see your article about rescued cats that the City of Mesa Animal Control gave to a feral cat organization.
In the article posted to your website on Saturday, Aug. 3, your story stated that the cats were taken by this organization to their hideaway in the Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch Park.
No such hideaway exists in the Riparian Preserve.
It is illegal to release any animals into the Gilbert’s Riparian Preserve and our organization and the Town of Gilbert have worked hard over the last two and a half years to rid the Preserve of the feral cat colony that used to exist there. In the last two and a half years, we have trapped about 185 cats out of the Preserve.
We have been fought all the way by the organization your paper featured in this story. I want to assure your readers should any other rescued, unwanted or feral cats get dumped at the preserve, that they shall meet the same fate: trapped and removed.
The Riparian Preserve is a nationally recognized home for shorebirds, waterfowl, and Sonoran Desert species.
It is not a home for feral and unwanted cats.
Thank you for removing all mention of the Riparian Preserve from the article that is still posted on your website.
Conservation Director, Desert Rivers