New go at cat law after first effort botched
RESIDENTS will get a second chance to comment on new cat laws after the Shire of Toodyay botched its first attempt last year.
Councillors voted 7-0 last month to re-advertise a revised version after the State Government said last year’s effort contained significant drafting difficulties.
These included that it was too restrictive and failed to define ‘cat’.Read more
The rewritten draft law lists shire nature and other reserves, and fauna protection zones where cat owners can be fined up to $5000 for letting their pets roam.
Cats will still be allowed to roam on streets and enter other people’s private properties unless they are a nuisance.
Cr Ben Bell said he didn’t want to pass a law that placed an undue burden on cat owners who “can’t control where a cat goes”.
“If you can’t stop a cat from walking on the street how can you stop it going on a reserve?” he said.
Shire CEO Stan Scott said owners would be responsible for keeping their cats out of nature reserves.