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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:17am

A ginger coloured cat sits with its back turned on a pavement next to a strip of grass

Our population is growing, especially in our townships, and this means the number of pets and animals we have in and around our homes is growing too.

Pets and animals are important to our community’s wellbeing. But with increasing numbers of pets and animals, we also need to have sensible regulations around how animals are managed and controlled in Selwyn.

Dogs are already managed under separate legislation, so we’re now starting to think about developing a bylaw that will help manage issues to do with the keeping of other animals in urban areas.

This will particularly deal with public health, safety and nuisance problems. As part of this we’ll also be considering whether any specific controls on cats should be included in the bylaw, such as microchipping and desexing.

We’re seeking the community’s input on some of the areas to be included in the proposed bylaw. Your feedback will help us develop a draft bylaw, which will then be opened for formal consultation in mid-2020. Have your say and complete the online survey. Feedback closes at 5pm on Friday 22 November 2019.