Cat rescuer wants unlicensed breeders fined

SAVE THE CATS: Cat rescuer Diane Jarvis from Paw Kitty Cat Rescue with her cat Inky. Ms Jarvis wants the Fraser Coast Regional Council to issue fines to cat owners who do not get their cats desexed.
SAVE THE CATS: Cat rescuer Diane Jarvis from Paw Kitty Cat Rescue with her cat Inky. Ms Jarvis wants the Fraser Coast Regional Council to issue fines to cat owners who do not get their cats desexed. Hannah Baker

PAW Kitty cat rescuer Diane Jarvis is out of pocket from saving the unwanted cats impounded on the Fraser Coast from death-row.

The Pialba woman has about 22 of them in the care of those who volunteer with her animal welfare service.

It costs about $300 to register, vaccinate, de-worm, de-flea and desex each cat, with each sold for less than half the investment.

The effort is funded by Mr Jarvis' own cash and raised funds, with zero dollars assigned from local government, she said.

Now Ms Jarvis wants non-licensed cat breeders to be issued a fine - she said it's the only way to send a strong message of zero tolerance in a bid to reduce unwanted litters.

While compulsory cat desexing was introduced by the Fraser Coast Regional Council two years ago, not one compliance breach has been recorded.

Councillor Robert Garland said a gentle approach had been taken with cat owners, sellers and those giving them away for free to stop the indiscriminate breeding of unwanted felines.

"I don't want it to seem council is out to fine people, our objective is to stem the flow of unwanted pets and to softly change people's habits," he said.

More than 375 cats were impounded on the Fraser Coast last year alone.

While the number is an improvement from years past, a tougher stance on compulsory cat desexing could take affect from May 1, with fines able to be issued for those caught in breach of the by-law, Cr Garland said.

It will coincide with the council's introduction of new compulsory dog desexing requirements.

"There is no milestone or finish line until we get it down to the minimum amount of euthanasia," Cr Garland said.

Unwanted cats

375 plus cats impounded in 2015 on the Fraser Coast, with 140 plus euthanized.

Prolonged cat breeding season in 2015-16, but impoundments down from past.

No breaches recorded for compulsory cat desexing bylaws since their introduction in February 2014.

Compulsory cat desexing encouraged by the council through education and awareness.

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