12/31/2014 12:22 EST | Updated 03/02/2015 05:59 EST

Winnipeg cat owners to face fines in new year if pet not licensed

WINNIPEG - A warning for Winnipeg cat owners about pet licences.

Starting New Year’s Day, the city can fine people up to $250 if they don’t have a licence for their furry friend.

The licence costs $15 if the animal is fixed or $50 if the kitty is intact.

Part of the money goes to spay and neuter programs to help control the cat population.

Cat licences are available online, at most pet stores or by calling the city's 311 phone number. (CJOB)