Friday, May 25, 2012

Australia: Naughty cats bound for kitty prison

Rangers will use commonsense in seizing domestic felines that have been deemed to have committed an offence under Western Australia's new cat laws, Local Government Minister John Castrilli says.

The Cat Act 2011 - which passed through the Legislative Assembly in November and requires cats to be sterilised, microchipped and registered - is to take effect on November 1.

The state government on Friday announced $3.24 million in sterilisation subsidies for pensioners and other health-care card-holders.

The funding will also go towards helping local governments implement the act, paying for cat pound facilities, microchip readers, cat traps and ranger training.

Local governments will have the power to deal with irresponsible owners, including cat hoarders, and with wild cats. Read More