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Welling­ton City Coun­cil should use its dis­cre­tion to let Robyn Nielsen keep her cat.

The 66-year-old pen­sioner re­ceived a let­ter from the coun­cil telling her she’d need to re­home her moggy, named Me, or risk los­ing her home at the coun­cil’s Moana Court flats at Ti­tahi Bay.

The coun­cil took over man­age­ment of the flats in 2013, and banned pets from coun­cil prop­er­ties the fol­low­ing year.

But that broad ban on pets does more harm than good by un­nec­es­sar­ily de­priv­ing Nielsen of a lot of plea­sure due to the small risk that her speyed and vac­ci­nated two-year-old cat might dam­age the prop­erty.

Though Nielsen knew she wasn’t al­lowed the cat, she wants an ex­cep­tion partly be­cause some of her neigh­bours who have been there longer can keep their pets.

Pets be­come like fam­ily, and it’s well-worth the ef­fort of as­sess­ing their right to stay on a case-by-case ba­sis when nec­es­sary.

- Se­nior reporter Jared Ni­coll

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