People living at a trailer park home in Branford told Eyewitness News that their living area has a problem with an infestation of feral cats, which is causing issues for the residents.
Neighbors in the Shoreline Mobile Home Park said the wild cats are causing thousands of dollars in damage to their homes and they are getting no help from the property manager.
So, the residents turned to Eyewitness News for help and the station tracked down the Department of Consumer Protection, who is in charge of enforcing laws and regulations at mobile home parks.
A spokesperson for the Department of Consumer Protection told Eyewitness News that there is an investigation into the Shoreline Mobile Home Park.
Resident Paul Alfano told Eyewitness News that he has seen between 40 to 50 stray cats at the Shoreline Mobile Home Park.
"The complete insulation from front to back has been done twice since I've moved in here," said Alfano, who was unaware of the feral cats population before moving in several years ago.
According to residents, the cats burrow under trailers, ripping down insulation, ducts and piping to carve out places to live. Alfano said the repairs cost him about $8,000 and added that the cats have since destroyed all the work that was done to fix the problem.
"You can smell the ammonia is so strong in the cat urine. You can smell the poop from underneath there," he said. "I've tried to board it up. I've tried, and they just keep getting underneath."
Alfano is not the only resident experiencing a problem with the feral cat population.
"I put $700 two months ago for replacing my tubings under there," said Edgar Milliard of Branford about his home.
Residents said the Renaissance Collaborative Incorporated and property manager Myriam Clarkson have disregarded their complaints and left them fending for themselves, trying to fix things however they can.
"Every year I'll go around with someone in the park and I'll collect all the kittens," Alfano said. "And we give them to the compassion club, we give them to the town and they adopt them out."
Members of the Branford Compassion Club come to the park to feed the animals and have had some of the cats fixed to try to cut down on the population, according to residents.
Eyewitness News visited the Renaissance Collaborative Incorporated, which is the company in charge of the property, however they did not know anything about the Shoreline Mobile Home Park. Clarkson was not at the office in New Haven either.
Eyewitness News reached out to Renaissance Collaborative Incorporated's lawyer, Thomas Lonardo, who refused to comment on the situation.
"I'm trying to do my part, I need her to do her part to take care of the property," Alfano said. "The management's property. It's not my issue to fix this. It's hers (Clarkson)."
Residents also told Eyewitness News that they were worried about a possible rent increase and have said they will refuse to pay it.
However, officials with the Department of Consumer Protection said that increase has not been approved at this time. Officials added because of the problems with feral cats, they do not plan on making residents pay more for rent.
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