Town Council Approves Cat Licensing, Leash Law

An ordinance in a New Jersey town takes effect in January.

Posted: September 30, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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The Town Council in Gloucester Township, New Jersey, unanimously has approved an ordinance requiring cat owners to license their pets and have them leashed when in public that will go into effect in January 2007.

Cat licensing is an attempt to curb the cat overpopulation in the township and the costs incurred while rounding them up, according to officials. The town already requires dogs to be licensed.

Under the new ordinance, which was approved Sept. 25, any cat, either at least 7 months old or possessing a permanent set of teeth, is required to be licensed, and all cats must be leashed when off their owner’s property.

The licensing fee is $8 for spayed or neutered cats and $11 for those who haven’t been altered.

“I like cats, but the township is required to pick up many of these cats. Hopefully, licensing will relieve the financial burden caused by the cats and help to reduce the amount of cats that are running around,” Councilman Dan Hutchinson explained during the meeting.

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Carole    Marlton, NJ

10/1/2006 12:34:24 PM

I think Gloucester Township is trying to collect extra money. Here in Evesham Township (we are in next county over from Gloucester) anyway, here iin Evesham Township I have had to pay cat licensing fees since I moved here 17 years ago. It was $3 per neutered/spayed cat; its gone up to I think $5 per cat; Its just another way for the township to make money. If your cat doesn't go out, why does it need a license? Their problem is strays and abandoned cats which have turned feral; same as here in Marlton.

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