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Bylaw for chickens, circus animals, licensing cats headed to committee next week

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As part of the new bylaw starting Jan. 1, 2015, cat owners would pay $15 to licence spayed or neutered felines, or a $50 for an intact cat.

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As part of the new bylaw starting Jan. 1, 2015, cat owners would pay $15 to licence spayed or neutered felines, or a $50 for an intact cat.

The fur could fly next week when the city once again looks at the issue of licensing cats.

The civic protection and community services committee on Thursday will look at creating a new responsible pet ownership bylaw to replace both the pound and exotic animal bylaws.

But, as part of the new bylaw, a cat licensing program would also be implemented starting Jan. 1, 2015. It would require cat owners to buy $15 licenses for spayed or neutered felines, or a $50 license for an intact cat.

Don’t buy the license and you will have to pay a $250 fine.

"Cat overpopulation in Winnipeg is a significant issue and these measures are important steps towards addressing this problem," said Bill McDonald, the Winnipeg Humane Society’s chief executive officer, in a statement released today.

The new bylaw would also allow Winnipeggers to own up to six dogs or cats, up from the current maximum number of three. Winnipeggers who want to raise chickens would only be able to do that in areas zoned for agriculture.

And circuses that come to the city would not be allowed to use exotic animals.

 

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