Chicagoans can continue to enjoy a three dog night, or even four or five or six dog night — at least for the time being.
The Chicago City Council deferred making a decision on a proposal to limit dog ownership to no more than five Monday in the face of criticism from pet lovers, veterinarians, and animal advocates, Chicagoist.com reports.
The city council has been considering limits on pet ownership for more than a decade, and the latest proposal has support from the Chicago Police Department and the head of the city’s animal control department.
But many residents and a few aldermen oppose it, including Freddrenna Lyle, who is concerned that the proposed ordinance has no “grandfather clause.” As a result, pet owners could be forced to choose, within 30 days, which pet or pets to get rid of — and how.
Another alderman, Isaac Carothers said the ordinance fails to address the root problem. “Some people might have ten dogs and have a wonderful, clean environment, take care of ’em and do everything. But, I know people who’ve got two dogs and people complain all the time how they don’t clean up after ’em, the dogs always run loose.”
While the ordinance is believed stalled for now, it’s a safe bet we haven’t heard the last of it.