Feral cat program at Florida Southern College is suspended

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LAKELAND, Florida (AP) -- A program at a Polk County college launched this spring to provide on-campus feral cats with shelter, vet care and food has been suspended indefinitely because of health concerns.

The Lakeland Ledger reports that Florida Southern College stopped the program after a representative of the Polk County Health Department contacted the school with concerns.

Some animal and health experts have concerns that the housing provided for the cats could attract other wild animals, such as possums or raccoons, and they could have rabies. Several little shelters, fashioned after the school's Frank Lloyd Wright building designs, had already been put out on campus, but now they are in storage.

The campus was a hangout for more than a dozen wild cats.

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