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Old 01-09-2013, 06:34 PM   #71 (permalink)
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I could VERY easily become a crazy cat lady, so I will have to keep myself in check. Right now I have two, but I am kind of wanting a third. I am fighting off the temptation. If I get a bigger living space, I would consider four, but I probably wouldn't want to go over that number at this time due to finances.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:55 AM   #72 (permalink)
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This really frosts my butt. The city took 90 rabbits out of a hoarder's house and now they are considering limiting the number of cats a home owner can have to 4. Typical government over reach. Having a lot of cats is only a problem if they are not taken care of. Limiting them will do NOTHING to fix a hoarder of rabbits.

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Virginia Beach panel weighs options for feral cats - Jul. 15, 2012


By Sarah Hutchins
The Virginian-Pilot
January 10, 2013

VIRGINIA BEACH
Could Virginia Beach become the second city in South Hampton Roads to limit the number of cats in your home? It's possible, now that the city's Animal Control Unit Advisory Committee has decided to talk about the issue.
The city's animal ordinances are similar to those of its neighbors: a limit on the number of dogs in one residence and no numerical restrictions on cats. Norfolk is the exception, placing a limit of four per home on cats, rabbits and dogs.
The Virginia Beach committee started discussing companion-animal limits in the wake of a hoarding case last March. Animal Control officers removed more than 90 rabbits from a Great Neck home. Five rabbits were dead, and two more had to be euthanized.
The owner was convicted of animal cruelty and unlawfully disposing of a dead animal.
So far, animal hoarding hasn't been a serious problem in the city, said L.D. Davis, who sits on the advisory board. Still, she said, the group decided to begin talking about limits as a preventive measure.
"Where does hoarding stop?" Davis asked. "Do we not have some responsibility to make sure it doesn't become an issue?"
But even if the group decides to recommend that the City Council explore limiting cats or other companion animals, Councilman Jim Wood said the several stages of review means it would likely be some time before anything is decided.
At a Wednesday night meeting, advisory group members agreed that a numerical pet limit likely couldn't be reached. Instead, they formed a subcommittee to study and report on ways to address hoarding problems.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:43 PM   #73 (permalink)
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Limiting the amount of animals will do nothing. They can't really do anything unless other people complain.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:56 PM   #74 (permalink)
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They could never control this. Where I live you don't need to license your cat - Only your dog so technically I would be allowed to have 20 cats and as long as I took care of them all, no one could say anything. It's not the number of animals that are the issue... It's how you care for them.

A shelter where I live near had the same rabbit hoarder issue just before Xmas and had 50 bunnies take in. They were all in poor shape too .


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I don't think I could handle more than 12 or so.... my aunt mairie had at least fifteeen when i was a lad
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:20 PM   #76 (permalink)
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In the area where I live, I am limited to 4 dogs but can have as many
cats as I want, again, provided they are well cared for. In the neighboring
community, you are limited to 4 pets. That's 4 total, be it 4 dogs the size
of ponies or 4 hermit crabs in a small habitat, which I find ridiculous.

The sad truth is that no law is going to control the actions of a
hoarder or prevent them from starting their hoarding. So very
sad for everyone involved.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:47 PM   #77 (permalink)
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I think owners who take care of their pets should be allowed to keep how many they want. Where I'm from if you want more then 3 dogs or 5 cats you have to get a pet avocation permit where they come out to your home and inspect your property and just overall quality of life for the animals. In my eyes this is completely fair. Only thing I dislike about it is your still limited to up to 5 dogs or up to 6 cats but still no more then 8 cats and dogs combined. I think that because they are doing the inspecting they should be more lax about the actual number.
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As soon as I can my husband and I have plans of moving just outside of the city where we won't have to worry about these pet restriction laws and we can have a farm to live off of.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:50 PM   #79 (permalink)
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In my city there is no pet limit law, as long as they animals are cared for.

In a few of the neighboring cities a law was enacted stating that you can have no more than 3 pets and if you currently have more than 3, you must either move or rehome the remaining animals. Most people are hiding the number of pets they have,but if someone turns you in your animals will be removed immediately and a ciatation will be issued. It doesn't matter how well the animals were cared for.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:52 PM   #80 (permalink)
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From a personal standpoint, I think taking care of animals goes beyond just being able to provide food,shelter,and appropriate vet care. People should also look at how much individual time they have for the animals.
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