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Catfight in Condell Park: Mayor interrogated as feral felines terrorise neighbourhood

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There’s a catfight brewing in Sydney’s south-west as the Condell Park community battles the local council to deal with a feral feline problem.

Resident Joseph Mete filmed the clowder as the cats prowled the streets.

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Mr Mete told Jim Wilson he has to listen to the cats breeding and “brawling at all times of the night”, certain someone in the neighbourhood is feeding the animals.

“Everyone’s too scared to tackle it: we need someone who’s actually going to fix the problem, instead of just brushing it under the carpet.

“Something needs to be done, and the council should be the ones doing it.

“Sadly with all the complaints I’ve made, it falls on deaf ears.”

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Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour responded to the accusation, telling Jim responsibility falls with the state government due to restrictions imposed by NSW’s Companion Animals Act.

“The reality is the law doesn’t allow us to do much.

“Council can’t seize a cat unless they’re in a public place prohibited under the Act, places like food preparation and consumption areas and wildlife protection areas , or … for someone’s protection.

“The Local Government Minister is the person that has the power to change the Act.”

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Jim Wilson
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