Claire McCarthy

Photo: Josh Woning, North Lakes Times

Moreton Bay regional council near Brisbane impounded more than 1500 roaming cats in the past year, with fines up to AUD$235 for owners, reports the North Lakes Times.

Dakabin RSPCA acting shelter manager Claire McCarthy (pictured) said roaming cats were a “big problem” in the area.

“There is a misconception out there that keeping your cat as an indoor cat is cruel but absolutely the RSPCA believes that is not the case,” she said. “There’s too many outdoor nasties,” she said.

Indoor cats were less likely to get hit by cars, mauled by a dog or fight other cats.

The article does not indicate what proportion of the cats was “owned” versus “community cats” or “feral cats”.

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13 December 2016