Ottawa Humane Society head calls for 24-hour ‘cat curfew’

Ottawa Humane Society head calls for 24-hour ‘cat curfew’

The President and CEO of the Ottawa Humane Society wants to see a 24-hour “cat curfew” in the city.

Bruce Roney said recent events have renewed a call to keep cats inside or confined to their owner’s property at all times.

“The dangers to cats roaming are myriad,” Roney said. “We have seen in the last few weeks with the cats that community believed were tortured and killed by humans and it turned out it was predators but, one way or another, those cats suffered horribly and they’re dead.”

In October, a municipality in Melbourne (Australia) is launching new rules that would require cat owners to always keep their cats on their property or face fines.

Roney says a similar rule in Ottawa would help protect cats but also other animals.

Cats could still go outdoors on an owner’s property, but would need to remain on a leash or in a “catio” (a kind of cat patio) Roney says.

Any rules restricting pets would need to be passed by city council, Roney said, adding this is not the first attempt at limiting the movement of cats outdoors.

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