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New pet owner charges for cats that aren't desexed and restricted and dangerous dogs

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Owners of non-desexed cats and restricted and dangerous dogs on the Far South Coast will be required to pay for new annual permits in addition to their pet’s registration in changes introduced by the NSW Government today.

Designed to promote responsible pet ownership and improve animal welfare, owners of cats that are not desexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit, in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

The move creates a stronger incentive to desex cats, which not only improves their health and wellbeing, but is also expected to help ease the burden on pounds and shelters, reduce euthanasia rates, and address concerns about feral, stray and roaming cats and their effect on wildlife.