What can we do about feral cats?

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 My Community in Majorca is 18 apartments in two adjoining blocks. An English woman who is a tenant, not an owner, has been feeding feral cats. 
At first it was about five and then it was a dozen. It was brought up at the 2015 AGM, and she said she would deal with it. At the AGM in 2016 she said would neuter them. More kittens then appeared. It smells terrible in hot weather and when she puts out food. The land around several Communitieshere now reeks of cat urine and faeces. Our Administrator says we should go to the police. Can anything be done under the law of horizontal property?

B. D. (Majorca)

A. Your cat problem is not a Community issue. It is a public health matter. Your President, along with the Presidents of other affected Communities, should go to your Town Hall and report the feral cat problem to the authorities. This will probably be Sanidad, the health department. Many Spanish municipalities also have regulations against feeding feral cats and the offender can be fined.

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