Cat invasion at Quebec City hospital

Cats are pictured near Hotel-Dieu hospital. (SIMON CLARK/QMI Agency)

Cats are pictured near Hotel-Dieu hospital. (SIMON CLARK/QMI Agency)

Valerie Bidegare, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:17 PM ET

QUEBEC CITY — A Quebec City hospital is taking drastic measures to eradicate a colony of stray cats, much to the chagrin of an animal-rights group.

Dozens of cats and kittens have been lurking near Hotel-Dieu hospital for months.

The hospital deployed raccoon cages following complaints about a bad smell.

Spokeswoman Pascale St-Pierre tells QMI Agency that passersby provoked a population explosion by feeding the felines.

"It's against a bylaw to feed stray cats," she said. "We don't want it to become a nuisance."

The cage crackdown has the Stray Cats Movement crying foul.

Founder Andree Juneau says the hospital made a mistake by deploying cages around the clock.

"I'm afraid that the cats will stay in the cages, panic and injure themselves," said Juneau. "The females will give birth in the cages and the babies will die."

The hospital, however, denies it's abusing the strays.

"There's no animal cruelty here," said St-Pierre. "We're (dealing with) them humanely and safely."


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