The mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette are raising awareness of the pet population in the county.
Tony Roswarski and John Dennis say more people need to be responsible and have their pets spayed or neutered.
The mayors say the two cities spend more than $185,000 combined each year to shelter stray animals.
Roswarski says it needs to be a priority, because it affects the quality of life for residents and the animals.
"We have a tremendous problem in the City of Lafayette," he says. "People doing backyard breeding - intentionally creating litters of animals - and we have the accidental ones, because they have not been spayed or neutered."
The mayors say there are several organizations and vets offering low-cost procedures. More information about those are available at:
- North Central Indiana Spay and Neuter - (765) 497-3141
- Pets Supplies Plus - (765) 446-1600
- Natalie's Second Chance - (765) 742-2200
- Wildcat Valley Animal Clinic - (765) 589-7297
West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis says too many college students don’t get their animal spayed or neutered, because of cost.
He says the city’s animal control officer is seeing repeat offenders among the strays they pick up.
"Unfortunately, often times they have either had one or several litters prior to us coming into contact," Dennis says. "That creates more work, more costs on the part of the cities and more unfortunate realities for those animals."