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