The council’s Environment Committee will consider changes to the animal bylaws and dog policy at its meeting next Thursday.
One suggestion includes requiring cats to be identified with either a microchip or collar. While it would be mandatory, there would not be fines for those who didn’t comply.
But any pets caught during a cull of feral or stray cats would be put down if they could not be identified.
So, unless your cat has the right papers, it will be shot at the border.
Councillor Iona Pannett said cats had become more of an issue in the capital as the number of native birds increased.
“Essentially having the identification means we won’t be trapping, and potentially putting a cat down if it is caught, our staff will know that it is a cat owned by someone, it is against the bylaw to kill a domestic animal.”
Identification was for a cat’s own good, she said. Read more »