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Council introduce cat registration

Council to introduce cat registration

In an effort to promote responsible ownership and management of domestic cats, Mount Isa City Council will introduce mandatory cat registration this month.

Mayor Joyce McCulloch said Council recognised cat registration played an important role in pet ownership in Mount Isa.

“Council is committed to encouraging and promoting responsible pet ownership in Mount Isa and registration of cats and dogs is a critical component of this,” Cr McCulloch said.

 “The structure of the fees has been designed to drive responsible pet ownership by rewarding owners who de-sexed and microchip their pets.

“Not only is it cheaper to register a microchipped and de-sexed animal, you are helping to save hundreds of unwanted kittens from being dumped.”

Public consultation was initiated on May 10 and the public were invited to have their say on the proposal.

Mount Isa City Council Local Law No.2 (Animal Management) 2013 has been amended to include the new cat registration regulations.

Cr McCulloch said cat registration will now be a requirement in Mount Isa from July 1, 2018. For those who have previously paid for lifetime registrations for cats, those registrations will be honoured.

From July 1, 2018, known cat owners will be notified via a letter in the post regarding the changes and will have 30 days to register any cats in their ownership.

Cr McCulloch said following an extensive review of a number of key factors including impound statistics and risks from discontinuing registration, as well as considering feedback from the community, Council approved the introduction of mandatory cat registration.

 “The inclusion of mandatory cat registration in our local laws forms an integral part of Council’s approach to responsible pet ownership across our region including managing such issues as roaming cats and dumped cats as a result of unwanted litters.”