Name suppression continues for cat owner

Last updated 12:09 06/06/2014

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An Invercargill woman accused of failing to reduce the number of cats she owns plans to plead not guilty to the charge.

The woman appeared before Judge Michael Turner in the Invercargill District Court this morning, and her lawyer Simon Claver said she wanted to enter a not guilty plea.

Judge Turner, who remanded the woman to next Wednesday, said the plea would be dealt with then. She was granted continued name suppression.

The woman, who is alleged to own more than 30 cats, is charged with failing to reduce the number of animals and creating a nuisance under the Health Act 1956.

Under new bylaws introduced by the Invercargill City Council, the woman must reduce the number of cats to three.

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