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Wgtn could face clawback over cat chipping

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/08/2016

Wellington has become the first New Zealand city to make microchipping of cats compulsory.

The Wellington City Council wants all the city's cats - up to 30,000 of them - to have the rice-sized implant costing up to $60 by the end of next year.

Councillors voted 10-3 in favour of the move at a meeting on Thursday, Newshub reports.

Residents will now have to microchip their cats that are 12 weeks or older.

However, councillor Helene Ritchie warned the move created bad law that could be challenged.

The rule will need to be confirmed at a full council meeting later this month.

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