THE number of stray cats being euthanased in Moyne Shire has been labelled “unacceptably high.”
Council has passed a new plan to deal with domestic pets with the aim of reducing the number of cats being put down.
Figures detailed in the report paint a bleak picture with just 5.57 per cent of cats being reclaimed by owners between 2011 and 2012.
About 60 per cent of cats impounded are put down, compared to just 13 per cent of dogs.
Council officers have attributed the cause to the number of feral and “semi-owned” cats across the vast rural shire.
Registered cats are rarely impounded.
Moyne has made cat traps available to farmers and residents in an effort to control the stray population.
Other figures in the report also show that dogs have been responsible for more than a hundred animal deaths, mostly livestock in the last six years.