- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey man has been cited for his daily routine of feeding dozens of homeless cats living near the Meadowlands Sports Complex.

The Record newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/1jSVeCI ) state police have begun enforcing an East Rutherford health code that bars feeding of wild or stray animals. Fifty-nine-year-old Michael Marra received summonses on Monday for violating that rule and for criminal trespass.

Many of the cats are descendants of those brought decades ago by horse trainers to control rodents in stables. Most of those barns are gone, but the cats remain and are living in colonies throughout the complex.

Marra says he has permission from Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment to feed what he calls the “friendly ferals.”

On Friday, officials were to discuss what to do about the cats.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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