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Cats: Animal Welfare

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy that local authorities should be required to implement cat care policies to prevent the abandonment of cats in urban areas; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Heath David Heath The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

It is for local authorities to decide how to prioritise resources relative to the needs of their communities. Owners should consider whether they can take on the responsibility of keeping an animal before acquiring it. If there are circumstances that arise which mean they can no longer look after their pet, they should approach a re-homing centre. Abandonment of an animal in circumstances that are likely to compromise its welfare is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and carries a maximum penalty of six months' imprisonment or a fine of £5,000, or both.

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