Winnipeg to Consider Cat Licensing Bylaw

Toby the cat (DJ BEATTIE)

Cat owners will be hissing at a proposed city bylaw that would require them to license their feline friends.

The bylaw would force cat owners to register their cats by purchasing an annual $15 license for spayed/neutered animals. Cats that haven’t been fixed would be subject to a $50 fee. Those who don’t license their cats would face a $250 fine.

A report on the proposal will go to the city’s standing policy committee on protection and community services next week.

The bylaw aims at reducing pet overpopulation in the city and will assist animal shelters and rescue organizations that deal with the effects of pet overpopulation by strongly encouraging responsible pet ownership and promoting the importance of spaying and neutering.

If passed, the bylaw would go into effect January 1, 2015.

— Staff