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The Animal Shelter in Muskingum County has reached a critical point with its cat population.

The shelter has cats in almost every available space. The problem started over the past year and now that it’s kitten season they’re extremely over populated to the point where they haven’t been able to take cats in for the last three or four weeks.

"If we can’t reduce the population we’re going to have to euthanize for space," said Larry Hostetler. "It’s become a reality. We can’t keep turning away cats and it’s just something we’re going to have to do."

It will be the first time since 2005 that the shelter has had to put down animals. It’s a difficult decision for management.

"When you’re the one standing there and you’re the one putting the needle in that vein and there is no reason this needs to be done other than nobody wants the animal. It’s one of the worst feelings you will have," said Hostetler.

In order to see some of the animals go home to loving families the shelter is holding a special event Saturday from 10a.m.-4p.m. where they will wave the adoption fee for cats in order to clear space and give them homes.

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