Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

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Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

{Registering of Feline Friends Never Enough to Keep Cats under Control } {}

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Byline: Sarah Crawford sarah.crawford@dailymercury.com.au

CAT owners could be charged up to $42 to have their pets registered and micro-chipped. But that won't solve the problem of thousands of unwanted animals being euthanised each year.

Whitsunday Regional Council director of community and environment Gavin Crawford said the new Animal Management Bill introduced into State Parliament wouldn't work because owners did not have to de-sex their pets.

"De-sexing incentives provide a more useful way of reducing unwanted dogs and cats if that is the intention of the Bill," Mr Crawford said.

Local laws manager Craig Newsome said the Bill would force the council to build a new cat pound for the extra animals, which could cost about $200,000.

"While cats do cause a nuisance and impact on wildlife, introduction of the new laws will require more council resources and the ratepayers will ultimately pay," Mr Newsome said.

Mackay Regional Council corporate communications manager Ken Furdek said he could not comment on the Bill as it had not been passed into law. …

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