350 cats, no permit: Tip-off leads to council raid

A woman has been caught keeping more than 300 cats without a permit in Brisbane
A woman has been caught keeping more than 300 cats without a permit in Brisbane Sarah Harvey

A BRISBANE woman will be forced to find homes for about 350 cats after RSPCA inspectors and Brisbane City Council officers swooped last week following a tip-off.

RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said there were about 150 cats at one property and 200 on the neighbouring block, at Belmont, but all were well-cared for, the Wynnum Herald reports. 

It is believed the properties had purpose-built cat boarding facilities with enclosed exercise areas.

A BCC spokesman said the council was aware of the large number of cats at the properties, and confirmed the owner did not have a permit to keep more than three cats on each site.

The council did not respond to questions about what action it would take.

The property owner, who did not want to be identified, said she was trying to reduce the cat numbers at the properties.

"The cats are well looked after, they are fed Royal Canin food," she said.

"They are for sale. I am looking to rehome the animals. I believe the council will give me sufficient time to do this without having to euthanise any."

She said advertisements for the cats would be placed on a popular pet products website.

The RSPCA has closed its investigation.

"The RSPCA cannot act on numbers, only if there are concerns about the welfare of the animals," Mr Beatty said.

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