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Abandoned cats, kittens overwhelming Ripon couple

Bob and Marla — a couple whose yard and orchard is one of Ripon’s unofficial cat dump sites for folks who no longer want their cats and do not have enough integrity to take them to an animal shelter — need help.

The couple over the years has adopted many of the abandoned cats. They have had them neutered/spayed, vaccinated, and provided them with living quarters and food. They have 11 cats currently.

Unfortunately they’ve been the recipients of drop offs lately that were pregnant females that have overwhelmed them with kittens.

Both are disabled and unable to round any of them up. They would appreciate help in capturing and relocating them. Both indicated help would be greatly appreciated. Their phone number is 209-599-7531.

Live video chat with

Mayor Ben Cantu

tonight at 7 p.m.

Manteca Mayor Ben Cantu will be holding a live video chat with the public on Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m. The live chat will be on his Facebook page, and is the second live chat conducted by Mayor Cantu.

Individuals can tune into Mayor Cantu’s Facebook page at 7 p.m., which is at You will be able to ask questions of the mayor in real-time and have them answered. Questions can also be emailed ahead of time to 

This live chat is the second in a series of live chats with the public that the Mayor will hold during his term.