Woman disputes number of cats

20:38, Jun 11 2014

An Invercargill woman locked in a court battle with the city council to keep her dozens of cats has disputed the number she reportedly owns.

The woman's lawyer, Simon Claver, said his client told him she had 27 cats, not 37 as reported in some media.

"The inaccuracies are creating problems for her in the fact that those people who know she is the person have been giving her some angst," Claver said in Invercargill District Court yesterday.

The woman was in court for a hearing to determine if her name suppression should continue or be lifted.

She is facing charges of breaching an Invercargill City Council bylaw by failing to reduce the number of cats on her property to three and creating a nuisance under the health act.

She has pleaded not guilty and will stand trial before a judge.

Judge Michael Turner decided yesterday the woman could be named publicly, but she immediately appealed against the decision through her lawyer, Claver.

The judge then made an interim order that the woman's name be suppressed until the appeal process was completed.

He remanded her at large until July 16.


The Southland Times