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Feral Cats Being Addressed Once More at Old Barn

Owners of Casale, formerly known as The Newtown Grill, said the issue with feral cats at the historic barn on their property is being addressed.

NEWTOWN SQUARE–The feral cats inhabiting at the historic barn on the Casale property, formely known as The Newtown Grill, have been addressed, said owners of Casale. 

According to Alfredo Giannaccari, co-owner of Casale, shared with Marple Newtown Patch last week that two companies will trap and remove the cats by the end of last week. 

"We're working as vigorously as we can. We are very concerned about the cats," said co-owner Marco Tarantino.

Tarantino also stated that though there was previous talk about demolishing the historic barn on the property, the barn "isn't going anywhere."

"We understand how the people at Terrazza feel about the barn, but we feasibly can't do that," said Tarantino and noting on the expensive cost to demolish a building. 

Previously, residents of Terrazza shared their concerns of the dilapidated building housing feral cats and its safety for the residents and children in the area. 

But even restoring the barn will be costly, said Tarantino. According to Tarantino, ther is currently no plumbing at the barn or anything else for that matter. Tarantino stated it could be possible to just take the roof away of the old barn and leave its stone walls. 

And although there was previous talk about restoring the old barn to possibly a craft center, as reported by a member of the Newtown Square Historical Society, there hasn't been any further discussion on the idea.

However, Tarantino said Casale is open to any suggestions and recommendations from the community.

"We're willing to accept any suggestions or anyone interested in restoring the barn," said Tarantino.

Z October 03, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Contact, http://www.alleycat.org/ they help with trap and neuter as well as relocation programs for feral/stray cats!
Dannytheman October 03, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Small game season opens on October 20th. Maybe Newtown should allow shooting.
Jennifer Kim (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Hi Newtown Square 5512, I was actually there last Monday to do an article on them about transforming The Newtown Grill to Casale: http://patch.com/A-ycmK. The feral cat situation was briefly brought up towards the end of our interview.
Patti Gibson May October 23, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I noticed the police were stationed out back when I visited last...
Patti Gibson May October 23, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I can't believe that this cat situation has not made it into more mainstream press. The cats are not all feral. The township should coordinate with rescue groups. Interesting tidbits about why the restaurant is changing names again...I had assumed that the ownership had transferred.

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