Cat and Dog Limits Proposed

A South Carolina county considers limiting the number of pets people can keep.

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Cats and DogsDorchester County in South Carolina is considering limiting the number of animals people can keep at their homes, depending on the size of their property.

Under the proposal, introduced this week by County Councilman Richard Rosebrock, people who live in densely populated neighborhoods areas that are a third of an acre or less could have no more than three dogs and three cats who are more than four months old.

Those with bigger lots could own as many as six dogs and six cats. However, those living on the larger properties would have to buy a $35 annual permit to have more than three of each animal.

Rosebrock said that for a residential neighborhood this is a reasonable ordinance, and that the legislation is being introduced partially because the areas cat population is out of control.

The county public safety committee is expected to refine a proposal before opening the issue up for a public meeting, possibly as soon as May.

The proposal is expected to be met with opposition; two years ago, the county dropped a plan to require dog licenses after widespread community resistance.

Posted: April 21, 2006, 5:00 a.m. EST

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christine    wilmington, DE

6/10/2009 6:20:33 PM

Kim, I agree with you wholeheartedly. The government is just trying to find new ways to tax people to death and take further control of our lives. You already have anti-cruelty laws, so enforce them if people are abusing their animals. It is not the governments's damn business how many animals one has as long as they are properly cared for.

Kim    Minneapolis, MN

4/17/2007 11:04:21 AM

Geez, no one ever says a word when someone has four, five or six kids. Heck, can't make any comment on that or regulate it. And how much more expensive and time-consuming is it to raise a kid versus a cat or dog? I understand why the limits are there to discourage hoarding, but I think that the number of kids should be regulated too. But, hey, I don't think like most people do.

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