26 May 2016

SPCA supports council's move to regulate cats

4:30 pm on 26 May 2016

The SPCA strongly supports moves by the Wellington City Council to better regulate cats, it says.

A vet putting a microchip implant into a cat.

A vet putting a microchip implant into a cat. Photo: 123RF

The council is hearing the final submissions on its proposed animal control bylaw, which could include compulsory microchipping and registration of cats, and limits on the number per household.

If adopted, it could be in force by the end of the year.

Wellington SPCA animal care and adoptions manager Nicholas Taylor said de-sexing needed to be an enormous focus of any programme that attempted to manage cats.

But he said this did raise the problem of ownership of the cats.

"Large numbers of litters after litters after litters coming from the same areas, the same groups of cats.

"Where we've had great success however is where we've been able to identify these areas and identify people who want to take stronger ownership of that problem or those cats and we've been able to desex them at that point."