who decides too many pets?
How many pets are too many pets? Who decides?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pennsylvania - August 10, 2006
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What's the right number of pet cats and who gets to decide?
When cats live indoors full time, outsiders can't tell how many cats are being kept in a house or apartment, until there's a knock at the door.
Eleanor Clifford answered the knock in May and let humane agents from the Animal Friends shelter enter her two-bedroom, two-story row house in Garfield.
How many pets does Ms. Clifford have? She admits to having three dogs, but declines to give Animal Friends an exact total of the cats. In court, she produced veterinary care records for 25 cats. All of her pets, she testified, are spayed, neutered and up to date on shots.
Last year, a neighbor called Animal Friends, complaining .....
Ms. Clifford lives in Pittsburgh, where there is a five-pet limit, but she's not charged with violating that law.
She went to court with a copy of a 1994 Commonwealth Court ruling that struck down pet limits in Pennsylvania. The mere ownership of a specific number of animals does not constitute an illegal nuisance, the appellate court ruled in the case of a Carnegie woman who had 25 cats.
That ruling does not prevent officials from prosecuting pet owners for health, safety and cruelty violations.
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For more on Pet Limit laws, see Cat Management in Communities.