Keeping Cats in Logan

Consultation has concluded

UPDATED August 2019

We are reviewing our cat keeping local laws and this is the second round of community engagement.

From March to May 2019, we asked you to Have Your Say on our current cat and dog keeping local laws. We received 2,346 responses in total, 1,058 were specific to keeping cats in Logan.

Currently, you can keep 2 cats on any sized property. All cats must be registered, desexed, microchipped and contained within their property boundary.

We asked about the following topics:

  • General cat keeping requirements
  • Effective control of cats

Did we hear you correctly?

All insights from the first round of engagement have been considered and now we want to hear from you again. You can have your say by:

Also, don't forget to let us know if you provided feedback during the first round of community engagement by participating in our quick poll.

You have until September 15 to Have Your Say.

UPDATED August 2019

We are reviewing our cat keeping local laws and this is the second round of community engagement.

From March to May 2019, we asked you to Have Your Say on our current cat and dog keeping local laws. We received 2,346 responses in total, 1,058 were specific to keeping cats in Logan.

Currently, you can keep 2 cats on any sized property. All cats must be registered, desexed, microchipped and contained within their property boundary.

We asked about the following topics:

  • General cat keeping requirements
  • Effective control of cats

Did we hear you correctly?

All insights from the first round of engagement have been considered and now we want to hear from you again. You can have your say by:

Also, don't forget to let us know if you provided feedback during the first round of community engagement by participating in our quick poll.

You have until September 15 to Have Your Say.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • It is mandatory for ALL cats to be spayed/neutered unless they are housed with registered breeders? Also, how often are these breeder’s housing conditions checked, if ever by council and are these checks ongoing ? There are tens of thousands of cats and dogs are dumped each year by unscrupulous ‘pet’ owners (as well as outright cruelty by owners) - how is Council going to address this. Thousands of unwanted pets are euthanised each year, how is Council going to manage this issue? Are animals from the pound still sent to Queensland Veterinary Department for ‘testing’ when they cannot be re homed?

    Lynne Spry asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Lynne Spry, thanks for your questions. I’ll break them down for the benefit of other forum users who may not be aware or historical decisions and processes or Council’s ability to act under legislation.

    Yes, it is mandatory under Logan’s existing local laws for all cats to be desexed (spayed/neutered) unless they are owned by an approved breeder. This law is not under review and will not change. I’m confident, based on your question that you would be aware of a cat’s capacity to breed multiple times a year with anywhere between 4 - 10 kittens in each litter. Kittens may be cute but unwanted litters result in stray cats which cause nuisance in the community and can sometimes result in unnecessary euthanasia. We also deal with high incidents of animal dumping, etc. This is why we have this law. Anyone found breeding illegally may receive a fine or be subject to further enforcement action.

    Council conducts annual inspections of all approved breeders to ensure they are compliant with breeding protocols. We also have a dedicated team who conduct systematic inspections across all suburbs of the city to identify unregistered and entire cats. When we identify a non compliant cat, we educate the owner on their cat ownership responsibilities and seek compliance with the local laws. Residents experiencing a wandering cat issue can also request to borrow a humane cat trap free of charge from the Animal Management Centre.

    Undoubtedly, many thousands of cats were abandoned or not collected by their owners across Australia during the last 12 months.  National and local statistics are readily available on the internet. These statistics may shock some forum readers. Cat abandonment is a real issue which is why we are already developing a Cat Management Plan for our City as part of this local law review.   As I’ve already commented (consistently) in my previous responses, responsible pet ownership and education are key. Cats in Logan (under the local law) must be contained within their property boundary. This doesn’t mean they can’t go outside, they’re just not allowed to leave their property boundary. Cats are also required to be registered, microchipped and desexed (as mentioned above). 

    Animal welfare is paramount. Unfortunately, Council has no authority over cruelty or welfare concerns (as legislated under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001). What I can tell you is our team are passionate about animals and are trained to report welfare/abuse issues to the appropriate authorities (RSPCA, Biosecurity Qld and the Police). It’s important to understand that there are State laws (Acts) that override Council’s local laws. We are required to abide by the State laws.

    Thank you for raising ‘animal testing’ which was reported in the media over 5 years ago. Hopefully I can debunk community perception on this topic. No live animals from Council’s Animal Management Centre are sent to any department or facility for testing. All unclaimed animals are medically and behaviourally tested before being placed in our sales and reforming program. Sadly, some animals with untreatable illnesses or severe aggression may not be deemed suitable for the sales and rehoming program. Please consider that if these animal’s had been responsibly looked after they wouldn’t be in our care in the first place.

    You may sight release fees as the reason owners don’t collect their pets. Our experience is that this is not the case, however this is the spin that owners would like to promote to the media. Cats and dogs impounded are vaccinated, fed and cared for. In some instances, animals can stay with us for up to 20 days before being released.  This can be for various reasons including ensuring the animals enclosure is sufficient to keep them contained. Care costs are on-charged to the owners. 

    Fees and charges associated with all things animals have been highlighted during this review. We are considering feedback received which may include a review of fees and charges. Fees charged fund the services provided by the Animal  Management Centre.

    Lynne, did you know that we also work with a  number of welfare and rescue groups? We’ve also had great success in training high drive and character trait specific animals to go on to become assistance and fire ant detection dogs. We publicise and share these good news stories in Council’s Our Logan magazine publication. 

    We also run a number of successful education programs and low cost community initiatives, for example, Mobile Microchipping for just $20, to encourage owners to be responsible and compliant.

    I trust I have been able to answer your queries. Thanks again for sharing your questions.

  • What does council do to ensure cats do not wander onto neighbours properties and cause a nuisance?

    Jojo asked about 2 months ago

    Great question! Logan's existing cat keeping laws require owners to keep their cat/s contained within their property boundary. This doesn't mean they can't go oustide, they're just not allowed to wander into other yards or public space. 

    Most owners abide by this law and even provide enclosures for their cats to prevent them escaping. 

    Feedback recieved during Round 1 of our community engagement identified wandering cats as a primary concern for the community.

    There are various reasons for this, for example, a cat owner may move into Logan from another council area that doesn't have the same rules as us. Education is key to ensuring cat owners are informed of their pet ownership responsibilities. One of the key actions that we will be developing as a result of this review is a comprehensive cat management plan.

    Currently, if you see a wandering cat, residents are able to report it by calling or emailing details of the location and a description of the cat to Council. 

    Council has dedicated Collection Officers whose job is to collect and return these wandeing animals to the Animal Management Centre.

    Residents who report a wandering cat are also able to borrow a cat trap, free of charge, from the Animal Management Centre. Cats that are trapped and identifiable (by registration tag and/or microchip) provide us with an opportunity to educate the owner and prevent future wandering incidents.  These cats are subject to our impound/release process and fees may apply. 

    Cats that are not identifiable are also subject to our impound/release process. If not claimed they will be assessed for inclusion in our sales and rehoming program. 

    All cats released from the Animal Management Centre must be registered and desexed. It is also a requirement that all cats be desexed in the City of Logan. Desexing prevents unwanted litters and further impacts on the community and environment.

    Council also conducts an annual inspection program to identify unregistered/wandering cats and at regular intervals, distributes information through direct mail outs and letterbox drops in identified 'hot spot' areas.

    Owners of cats that continue to wander after being educated on cat containment requirements may be issued with a penality infringement notice for non-compliance and ordered to install appropriate enclosure or containment devices.

    I hope that this information has been helpful and answered your query.