Council prohibits cats from roaming the streets and orders pet owners to keep them on a ROAD when outside
- The Darwin council in the Northern Territory voted for the cat restraint policy
- It is maintained at Muirhead, the home of Defense Housing Australia
- The law prohibits cats from being outside unless they are on a lead or in a cage
A city council has forbidden cats to roam the streets and has instructed pet owners to keep them on a leash when they are outside.
The Darwin Council in the Northern Territory has voted in favor of a law proposed by Alderman Robin Knox.
The cat control policy will be enforced in the evolving suburb of Muirhead, where many people live from Defense Housing Australia.
The policy prohibits cats from staying outside the property of a resident unless they are on a leash or in a cage.
Darwin Council in the Northern Territory has voted in favor of a law proposed by alderman Robin Knox (stock photo)
& # 39; According to the statutes of the Council, all cats must be registered in the municipality and may not leave the property of the owner unless they are under effective control (caged or leash), & # 39; told alderman Knox NT News.
& # 39; The development of new suburbs offers the opportunity for public information about the application of a cat restraint policy and for the municipality to apply the policy from the establishment of the new suburbs. & # 39;
Although the new law will not apply to all municipalities, as initially proposed, Alderman Knox wants it to be extended to other suburbs.
The & # 39; cat control policy & # 39; is maintained in the developing suburb of Muirhead and is home to many people from Defense Housing Australia (photo alderman Robin Knox)
Environmental protection service NT manager Peter Pitcher said that native flora and fauna would be disrupted if cats could roam freely in the suburbs.
& # 39; In other places people use cat races and build cat boards, just somewhere where your cat can move inside. Your cat doesn't have to be outside, & he said.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Darwin Council for comments.
It is forbidden to keep cats outside the property of a resident unless they are on a leash or in a cage (stock photo)
A similar law was proposed by the Perth Government in May.
The increase in the number of stray and wild cats in the city led the government to consider introducing cat bells.
This curfew would limit cats to their homes between sunset and sunrise – or it could prohibit cats from venturing all the way outside.
David Templeman, the local Foreign Minister, said the law has been proposed so that the regulations can be up to date.
"From encouraging responsible pet ownership, protecting the community and other animals, reuniting lost pets with their owners to reducing the number of animals admitted to shelters and euthanized, the legislation affects the entire community," Mr. Templeman said Perth now.
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