South Carolina County Mulls Cat Limits

A South Carolina county may limit the number of cats and dogs owned per family, and ban reptiles outright.

By BowTie News Editors | Posted: December 12, 2011, 3 p.m. PST

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Richland County, S.C., may limit the number of pet cats and dogs in non-rural, unincorporated areas of the county to three and ban the possession and sales of certain snakes and lizards.

The Richland County Council Development and Services Committee has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, Dec. 20 on proposed dog and cat ordinance changes, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) reported last week.

The proposal defines a pet as “any domestic dog and/or domestic cat” and would not limit the number of pets per household in areas of the county zoned rural.

The ordinance also bans ownership and/or sale of several species of python, the anaconda, venomous reptiles, and lizards more than two feet long.

The proposal has no exemption for breeders, according to the Bambi Nicole Osborne,  PIJAC’s director of government affairs.

If adopted by the committee, the proposal could go to the county council for public hearings and action as early as January. If passed by the council, the proposal calls for a six-month period from the adoption date to allow compliance.

PIJAC says it opposes pet limits because “limiting the number of pets per household provides no measure of the level or quality of care such animals receive.”  

PIJAC encouraged interested parties to contact committee members with concerns and questions prior to the Dec. 20 hearing as the proposal is still being amended.
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Shirley    Tucson, AZ

1/15/2012 9:12:00 AM

So, what was decided?

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

12/15/2011 5:28:24 AM

The snakes I agree on 100%. The dogs and cats, no. Also, what about anyone that already has more than the limit? Do they have to get rid of one or more or are they grandfathered in? I have four kitties and would NEVER get rid of any of them.

Shirley    Tucson, AZ

12/14/2011 3:12:42 PM

Thanks.

Lisa    Oak Creek, WI

12/14/2011 1:26:25 PM

Sounds reasonable, most communities around us have a limit, but most folks don't adhere to it. If you take good care of your animals, keep them indoors or confined, most poeple don't have a problem with how many you have despite the city or town limit. It all comes down to responsible pet ownership.

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