Woman refuses to relinquish 35 cats

CASSANDRA POKONEY
Last updated 10:44 20/05/2014

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An Invercargill woman at the centre of a struggle over the number of cats she owns has appeared in court.

The woman appeared this morning in the Invercargill District Court charged with failing to reduce the number of animals and creating a nuisance under the Health Act 1956.

The charges come after the Invercargill City Council invoked a new bylaw for the first time in March this year after the woman, who has around 35 cats, failed to reduce the number to three.

The cats had been the subject of numerous complaints and fed-up neighbours were encouraged to pick up traps from the city council to catch and then dispose of the felines.

The council had issued the woman with a series of notices and set out tasks for her to complete to ensure the cats were contained on her property, but the time frames she had been given to complete those actions had not been met.

She was granted name suppression this morning and was remanded to reappear on June 6. 

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