NJ Legislation – Equality for Cats and Dogs
NEW JERSEY – Dogs and cats may soon be able to see things eye-to-eye. That is, if a local township passes an ordinance that would make the restrictions on cats to be equal with those of dogs.
The proposed bill in East Brunswick, NJ would allow cats to be considered a disturbance of the peace. Previously, complaints could be made about dogs only.
Pet cats will no longer be able to roam public areas without a leash. The law has previously stated that only dogs were to be on leashes less than eight feet long.
Along with the changes in cat restrictions come a number of fee increases. The proposal would raise the annual license fee from $8.20 to $15.20 and a $60 increase for the cost of impounding an animal.
The increased fees would bring in more money and help the township pay for vaccinations, the animal control office and stray or problematic dogs and cats.
Council President Nancy Pinkin favors the proposal. Pinkin said that everyone who owns a pet should pay their fair share as opposed to someone who does not.
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