Click here to Register

K9Mania.com - Forums By Dog Lovers for Dog Lovers > Other Issues > Legislative and Regulatory » 5 dog limit in Chicago
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-14-2009, 02:59 AM   #1
k9mania
Administrator

 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 2,939
5 dog limit in Chicago

What do you all think?





Chicago alderman: Let's have a five dog limit in city

Posted by Dan Mihalopoulos at 6:50 p.m.
Chicago pet owners would not be allowed to have more than five dogs in their homes under a new City Council proposal.
Ald. Ray Suarez (31st) introduced the ordinance to cap pooch occupancy at today's council meeting. He said a majority of aldermen---27 out of 50---quickly indicated their support.
"There are a lot of people who can't enjoy their backyards because of irresponsible dog owners," he said.
The proposal was prompted, Suarez said, by a recent case of 11 dogs at one house in his Northwest Side ward. The alderman alleged that the stench of doggie doo-doo made neighbors barking mad.


See rest of article:


http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/...t-in-city.html
k9mania is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2009, 08:44 AM   #2
ann_hawes
Been Around A While
 
ann_hawes's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Kokomo, Indiana USA
Posts: 1,949
Most counties have a limit written in their animal ordinance, so I'm surprised Chicago didn't.

There's a 4 dog limit where I live, with the option of purchasing a kennel license if you want to house more. It would be virtually impossible for anyone in city limits to follow the guidelines for a kennel license as it's written here. There must be an outside shelter and run big enough to shelter all of the animals living on the property, and this shelter has to be a minimum of 100 feet from any adjoining properties (neighbors). There are other stipulations but that one's the toughest. I have one of the 4 kennel licenses issued in my county every year.

Silence is golden,
Duct tape is silver.
ann_hawes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2009, 01:21 PM   #3
BetterDog4U
Been Around A While
 
BetterDog4U's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Eastern Iowa, USA
Posts: 3,673
We've had a 5 dog limit here for more than 25 years. If you have more than 5 dogs you have to file and maintain a Kennel permit. (even if you are not breeding). When you have a permit, you are subject to unscheduled inspections to make sure you are in compliance with state and local kennel laws. (Its a great law b/c it insures that large groups of dogs are cared for properly).

The problem around here is that there is NO limit on cats. At one time, we had 150 wild cats living in an abandon building about a block away from my house. Several years ago the building colapsed in a storm and about half were killed.

The other half were left to roam the area. We have 3 foxes in the area and we think that they are praying on some of them. A year ago i had 8 babies and 4 adults in my yard. They were living back by my creek. We were able to get the kittens but the adults are still roaming and making babies. The city will come out and try to catch them, but b/c of all the flooding last summer that is a low priority. The budget is being spent trying to capture stray dogs and cats in the flood zones.
- Michael -



Full of Life ... and Herself - Visit PATCHS' Website
Loving Friend & Faithful Companion - Visit NEKA's Memorial Website
My Little Buddy for 15+ Years - Visit CHIP's Memorial Website
BetterDog4U is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2009, 01:35 PM   #4
Furbilator
Been Around A While
 
Furbilator's Avatar

 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,675
Considering the size of most modern city backyards, even five dogs can be a stretch. I have one dog sometimes two and in the spring it is a major cleanup despite regular walks and poo removal in the winter. In order for people to live in harmony with other people there must be rules that are fair but also enforced. If this person who had the multiple dogs had cleaned up his backyard regularly and kept his animal quiet and under control the neighbours would not be complaining. All laws have a source issue to which they were originally applied, therefore those individuals who keep multiple dogs, do not care for them or are inconsiderate of their neighbours have no one to blame but themselves.

The same goes to people who have junk yards for backyards...but that is another story and why Furbs is growing a huge hedge to screen out her neighbours. LOL
All messages have been lab tested and approved!
Furbilator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2009, 03:05 PM   #5
JessicaR
Been Around A While
 
JessicaR's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,096
I think as long as the animals are being taken care of properly and the house/yard is being kept clean then it should be up to the owner to decide how many he/she can handle. Where I live their is no limit on how many pets you can have and for the most part the animals are well taken care of. Unfortunatly it is those that shouldn't even own one dog let alone multiple dogs that ruin it for those that are responsible.

I currently have 5 dogs (4 are long haired) and 3 cats that are all well taken care of. Of course I spend a lot of time brushing and scooping poop but someone could come inspect my animals and house at any time and not find any problems. It's a good thing I don't need a kennel license, in my county to get a kennel license you have to have 5 or more breeding dogs something that is never going to happen for me!
JessicaR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2009, 04:02 PM   #6
elsasmom
Been Around A While
 
elsasmom's Avatar

 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Central Wisconsin
Posts: 1,651
It's a hard question. While I see the need to restrict pets to a manageable number, that number is obviously different for the more or less responsible people.
JessicaR has many and keeps up with poop and hair and health, ect. A woman I work for has 3 rescued lab crosses and was told she's one dog over her township limit, but was given a permit for the extra one until it dies. Her dogs have an acre of fenced space and her yard and gardens are immaculate. Dog care is perfect. These 2 ladies can handle multiple pets. And how about 6dogmom whose bullies have the best of care?

On the other hand, there are those whose dog care is minimal or neglectful. I'd hate to see them getting a pack of dogs to ignore. Perhaps a permit for each dog over a certain # could be applied for, with an annual investigation to be sure the neighbors are not being subjected to dog neglect next door.
It's really a tough question. Looking forward to reading more responses to this.
Love me; Love my dog
elsasmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2009, 04:09 PM   #7
Furbilator
Been Around A While
 
Furbilator's Avatar

 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,675
JessicaR, I totally agree with your points, however some peoples ideas of keeping things clean are different than others. My parents have one neighbour that thinks a yearly dog poo removal is 'keeping things clean'. He was cited by the city and now has a weekly service come in to do poo removal...lazy git! Even monthly poo removal is not enough when you have that many dogs/animals in a small space. So if the number of animals is limited it takes away the excuses of these bad pet owners (you are of course not one of them).

You also have to consider that many of these people aren't rescuers, but are hoarders or byb. Limiting the # of animals a person can legally have allows officials to keep the best interest of the dogs/cats/etc in mind. Small urban backyards are no place for that many dogs, unless they are very small, but most I would bet aren't on the small side. I think the dogs need more space to lead a comfortable life...heck, even people need it!
All messages have been lab tested and approved!
Furbilator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2009, 05:13 PM   #8
Jr_K9_Expert
Been Around A While
 
Jr_K9_Expert's Avatar

 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: California, USA
Posts: 4,285
Send a message via AIM to Jr_K9_Expert
I think its a good idea, and as said before it isn't impossible to have more than that limit you would just have to get a license. I'm not sure what the Cali limit is, I'd have to check the municipal code. There are definitely people out there than can have more than 5 dogs and be great dog owners but I think that the amount of irresposible owners that have 5+ dogs outnumber the resposible ones, so it saves dogs, owners, and neighbors a lot of trouble.
-Steven



My dog article site - K9Domain
My dog blog - Dog Notes
Jr_K9_Expert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2009, 11:34 AM   #9
6dogmom
Been Around A While
 
6dogmom's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 2,617
Send a message via AIM to 6dogmom Send a message via MSN to 6dogmom
That would make life hard on me but I think it's good. I could never imagine have more than two in a bigger city setting.
Junior is right, there are many people in this area that have more than five and they just run all over and the owners never pick up the poop on a hot day you can smell it for miles.
6dogmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2009, 11:41 AM   #10
Howler
Been Around A While
 
Howler's Avatar

 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: South West UK
Posts: 395
There isnt a limit where I am but i think the idea is a pretty good one. The most I have had is 2 dogs a one time, all i can say is 'clearing up poop once a week!!!' More like every day!
Howler is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

K9Mania.com - Forums By Dog Lovers for Dog Lovers > Other Issues > Legislative and Regulatory


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump




All times are GMT. The time now is 01:13 AM.