Cats could be banned from going outside
Officials in Perth also considering harsher punishments for dangerous dogs
Cats could be banned from going outdoors during certain hours under laws to tackle the number of strays in Western Australia. Cats could be banned
Government officials in Perth are reviewing cat and dog legislation after a rise in complaints about stray animals.
Proposed changes to the Cat Act 2011 could see felines forced to stay indoors permanently or given curfews that limit them from going outdoors between sunrise and sunset.
Roz Robinson, who runs Cat Haven, said the welfare organization supports keeping pet cats indoors or in purpose-built outdoor enclosures.
She also called for the mandatory neutering age to be reduced from six to three months.
The law review could also see harsher penalties handed out for owners of noisy or dangerous dogs.
According to PerthNow newspaper, hospitals in Perth treat about 25 people a week on average for dog bites.
Since 2013, punishment for dog owners whose pets attack people or other animals was increased to a maximum of A$10,000 (£5,400) fine or 12 months in jail. Cats could be banned
A consultation paper released alongside the public review says the penalties “may not be high enough to make some people comply with their responsibilities of owning a dog”.
The West Australian Rangers Association (WARA) supports greater dog attack fines and wants noisy dogs to be silenced.
It has also called for greater clarity over restricted breeds such as pitbull crosses.
WARA president Dene Lawrence said: “Greater enforcement powers to authorized officers and further amendments to dog barking offenses are also required.”
Local government minister David Templeman added: “The state government is committed to ensuring this important legislation is up to date and fit for purpose in the control and management of cats and dogs in Western Australia.
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