Re: neighbor situation - not really. Nothing definitive. I know some local caretakers have called or spoken to him, but if it turns out the guy is on a mission, he's on a mission. I was hoping for some national-level or regional-level help (even a phone call).
We have had some controversy issues with our local shelter and a local town supervisor. We don't have our own humane society. I had some conversations with local animal welfare groups about trying to get a policy in place, but it's an chancy deal and I don't want it to backfire.
Basically, part of our area is very liberal, and the rest is conservative. On animal issues, we have a core group of vocal welfare supporters and the rest of the area is either apathetic or conservative. One town supervisor was very pro-control and "pro-kill," even in the face of opposition.
Neighboring areas in NY and NJ have instituted successful TNR or no-kill animal policies, but not until kills took place. I was told that one colony was euthanized before the practice was launched and the caretakers were powerless to stop it. And there are still stories like this in the news:http://kyw.com/jersey/NJ--CatKilling...rces_news_html
That's not our town (I don't even want to mention our town name), but you get the idea. There is a great deal of tension at times between the county "animal control" contractors, shelters, and the animal welfare groups.
So it's tough and I'm very frustrated. I'm trying to launch a website right now for donations, but I keep debating whether or not having a public site can backfire, even when I don't name the area.