Kauai council considers cat license bill

Published On: Dec 27 2013 10:04:40 AM HST   Updated On: Dec 27 2013 10:07:11 AM HST

LIHUE, Hawaii -

Kauai is considering requiring cat owners to license their pets as part of an attempt to control problems with feral felines.

The Garden Island newspaper reported Friday the county bill would also require owners who allow their cats to roam free to spay or neuter the animals.

Councilwoman JoAnn Yukimura says if the county doesn't address its issues with pets, the community will have many problems. Yukimura introduced the bill last week.

A draft of the bill sets license fees at $10 for spayed or neutered cats and $30 for unsterilized cats.

The bill sets fines for cat owners who allow cats over four months old to roam free without being sterilized. Officials say owners who keep their cat confined would not be required to have their pet sterilized.

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