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Friday Aug 03, 2012

Cape Town gives pet owners a breather

The City of Cape Town is extending its deadline for pet owners to apply to keep more animals on their properties than allowed by the by-laws.

"We've had an incredible response from people in recent days and have decided to give everyone a little extra time," said JP Smith, pictured, the mayoral committee member for safety and security.

The July 31 deadline has been extended to the end of August, by which time all pet owners, not just those with extra pets, must register them.

According to the city's website, the restrictions on pet numbers are:

  • House: Three dogs and/or four cats.

  • Unit (interconnected suite of rooms including a kitchen or scullery designed for occupation by a single family, other than a dwelling house, irrespective of whether such a unit is a single building or forms part of a building containing two or more units): two dogs and/or four cats.

  • Large dwelling (house on an erf of more than 600m2): four dogs and/or four cats.

  • Agricultural property: six dogs and/or six cats.

    Yesterday, the city reiterated that applications to keep more pets than permitted per property will "never be unreasonably denied". Grounds for denial would include unhealthy and abusive living conditions.

    The Cape Argus has received numerous complaints that registration on the city's website does not work.

    The city denied this, saying the details of more than 30 000 pets had already been captured on

    Forms are available from city law enforcement offices or public libraries.

    Cape Argus

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