The city’s new comprehensive animal bylaw passed by council in June 2016 has specifics that relate to the registration and licensing of cats. City administrators released those details to the public Wednesday.
Effective immediately, no more than three cats are permitted to be kept, except cats less than four months old. If a resident owns more than three cats, they must be registered with the Peterborough Humane Society. Registration starts immediately.
Starting in January, all cats in Peterborough must be registered with the Peterborough Humane Society and are subject to an annual license fee with current proof of immunization required. Licensing of cats will commence January 2017.
Owners of more than one cat must have all cats spayed or neutered with the exception of registered cat breeders.
Owners of cats must not permit their cats to be off their own property, or on the property of anyone else without their consent. A leash or harness may be required to comply with this requirement.
Owners must remove their cat’s excrement from any land in the City.
The Peterborough Humane Society is contracted by the City of Peterborough to provide animal control services, education of responsible pet ownership and enforcement of animal by-laws. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Peterborough Humane Society by phone at 705-745-7676 or by email email@example.com if they have any concerns for animal welfare, including enforcement of this bylaw.