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Jenny, a Persian cat, waits for her spading surgery yesterday at the Mississauga Animal Services Shelter.

Unwanted dogs abandoned on rural roads and city alleys, and a cat infestation in the downtown core. That’s what animal activists fear will happen if Toronto no longer accepts unwanted pets into its animal shelters.

Animal control officers in Mississauga and Newmarket worry their services would be swamped by overflow from Toronto if the city carries through on a recommendation from city budget planners to stop taking in pets directly from owners who can no longer keep them.

Carla Costa, former president of the Mississauga Humane Society, says the Toronto proposal would cost the city much more than the $543,500 it would purportedly save.

City councillors have yet to finalize the budget and proposed cuts.

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