Horowhenua mulls moggy maximum

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 12:00 05/12/2013

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Horowhenua could follow in the paw prints of Rangitikei and Palmerston North and introduce limits on cat ownership.

At a meeting last night, Horowhenua District Council decided to ask the public for its thoughts on whether a limit of three cats per property should be introduced.

The consultation will take place in the new year before a report is presented to the council.

The move comes after the council was approached by the SPCA with a request for a limit of three cats for urban sections smaller than 2000 square metres.

The restriction is similar to what was approved by Palmerston North City Council in its 2011 Animals and Bees Bylaw. Earlier this year Rangitkei District Council adopted a similar restriction.

Those wanting to have more than three cats in an urban area would need a permit from their council.

The SPCA has suggested the bylaw would only be enforced when there was an issue with cats at a property causing a nuisance.

At present the SPCA cannot remove cats from a property unless there is concern for their welfare.

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