Cat trapping plan put on hold by LA judge

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – A $150 million renovation project at a Venice apartment complex is on hold until November because of a couple dozen stray cats.

Owners of the Lincoln Place apartments planned to trap the cats Tuesday. But Los Angeles-based Stray Cats Alliance went to court and got a temporary injunction to stop it.

The alliance’s attorney argued that thousands of dollars have been spent feeding, sterilizing and vaccinating the cats. He says the population has been reduced from 100 to around 20 in the last 18 months.

He claims apartment owners will take the cats to a shelter where they will be euthanized. Owners say they have followed all the city’s rules.

For now, a Los Angeles judge says the cats can stay. He will consider a preliminary injunction on Nov. 9.

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