A local group is calling for a statewide cat licensing law.

This comes after a Selkirk man was bitten by a stray cat that tested positive for rabies last week.

The group, Responsible Animal Care USA (RAC), without licensing, there is mechanisms to ensure that cats have had the appropriate vaccinations to help prevent the spread of dangerous disease and illness.

“By allowing cats to roam-free without proper identification, there is no way to confirm if the animal has been vaccinated, if it is owned, and where it resides, said Robert Strong, RAC president and Bethlehem resident.  This only complicates a growing homeless cat problem facing communities around the state and across the country.”    

RAC says cat licensing could also provide local governments additional revenue to expand services that include cat management.