Should there be a limit on dogs in a home?Cats?Kids?

@raydene (9874)
United States
March 5, 2007 6:04pm CST
I recently read that some cities and towns are thinking about passing laws stating how many dogs can be in one household. Have you heard of any places that do this? Do you think this is fair? Would it depend on how many people lived there or how many square feet the house was or how large the yard is? Then why stop there limit other things like how many cats then how many children say per couple.And if you got a divorce and remarried could you have that number again?Or if you lost a child could you get a voucher to get another? It sounds pretty far out there but with the invasion of our rights going down the drain is it really so far off? Tell me you thoughts.
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@Clairec23 (136)
• Ireland
6 Mar 07
I think it makes total sense considering the amount of cases there are of negligence and neglect in the homes of people who keep a huge number of animals but cannot care for them properly. It's cruel and selfish to keep a large amount of animals in a small space and that is what laws like that tend to focus on. I'm talking about an excessive amount of animals by the way. I can't keep count of the amount of times I have heard about or saw on telly the homes of people who have kept lots of animals inside, either roaming the house freely or stuck in cages and of the animals becoming really sick or even half wild due to their living conditions. If people have the space, time and money to invest in the care of a lot of animals then good for them but most haven't. Animals deserve to be looked after and there are too many people who don't take care of their pets. I'm not saying these laws are the best idea but if you think about why they are being established then they do make a lot of sense. I wouldn't like to be told I can't have two dogs for example but if there was a valid reason why then I would just have to accept it especially if it meant that other people who didn't deserve to own animals would come under scrutiny too. That's just the way that I see it. Governments can't please everyone and for every law they make that benefits some, there will be others who see it as an invasion of their rights, for example, putting fluoride into drinking water or making injections that could prevent cervical cancer mandatory. There are two sides to everything.
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• Malaysia
6 Mar 07
I live in Malaysia where development has forced many domestic animals to be kept indoors. Our homes are no longer large and small apartments usually mean anything smaller than 700ft. I'm currently living in one that size. I used to have up to 16 cats, but that was when we still lived in a terraced house. Since, in Malaysia, a majority of the Malay population are cat-friendly, we never had problems. However, moving around, I was forced to give up my loved pets to my grandmother's home. At least, they have a lot more space to run around in. Now, I only have one cat, and even then, she seems bored at home. She's only energetic when I take her out for walks. I pity her and vow not to have any more pets after her (at least in this apartment). My point is, if you really love your animals, you will respect their rights to move around. The law is there for a purpose. To protect you, your neighbours and the animals themselves.
@maclinda (91)
• United States
6 Mar 07
We live in an apartment complex. Here they have a limit of 2 pets per apartment. I think that's pretty reasonable. As to laws regarding that, hmmm. I know some people who can manage a large number of animals comfortably, and others for whom one is too many! It would really depend on the person's knowledge, resources (time, money, etc) and space available. I just don't know how they could legislate that in a meaningful manner. I'm also not too fond of yet more laws! lol Gosh I think we have enough.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
Livinging in an apartment is understandable for sure. I wouldent want to keep many animals in a small apartment!
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• United States
6 Mar 07
Many towns already limit the amount of animals you can own. Our town says no more than 4 dogs over the age of 3 months. I believe if you can provide good for them and give them a clean environment with plenty of love and attention it shouldn't matter. It is a step away from telling you what you can and can't do. I am sure if you check in your area you will find that it is already in place. I am also sure if you check there are many other rules and laws that tell you what can be on your property and the state it can be in. I am talking about legal stuff only. They are harder on legal things than illegal sometimes.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
While we dont have a limit to the amount of animals you can own, you have to take care of them properly, if you have them and you arent taking care of them, then animal control will seize them. Which im my opinion is the right thing to do! But i agree that it seems to be an invasion of our rights, as long as we are taking care of our animals why does it matter how many we have??
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@tammyr (5954)
• Etowah, Tennessee
6 Mar 07
I have heard of laws such as this. I do not remember the details just that some one had too many dogs over what the law allowed in one home. I know it was in the US and most likely in Tenn. But do not remember more than that. This was not a law that they enforced as in they would come to your house and count the dogs but if you were found to be abusing or neglecting them, then they would use the law to take the animals from you. I think the woman was elderly and had no help to care for them and she had like 10 dogs or something. The house was... well a kennel that had not been cleaned in a while. I also believe there is law about kennels to this effect but am not sure of that either. In these cases, I can see it. If a person has 15 dogs, then unless they are kept properly, they could become a heath hazard.
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@classy56 (2882)
• United States
6 Mar 07
i know in the state of indiana.you are only allowed 4 dog dogs per household,if you have more than that then you have to get a permit. or license.i dnt know about the cats.my sister-in-law has 5 cats an they all stay in the house.an she has 4 dogs.she went to the animal shelter to adopt another dog an they wouldnt let her.because she already had he limit number of dogs. they told her to go get a license or permit.i dont think its fair at all if the owners can take care of them.there are alot of animals thats need a good home.an my sister-in-law has a large home an yard.so she was disapointed not getting the dog she wanted.
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 07
Well nothing surprises me anymore at all, as you say our rights are going. Ok some People do go over the top and then find they can't afford it. But in the same breath as long as the love is there you always find a way. But no matter what we say we will never be listened to, next thing we know we will have to report in every time we need the Toilet.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
11 Mar 07
Sad state of affairs ! Of well gives me something to discuss! Thanks for responding R
@ortonsp (71)
• India
11 Mar 07
Have you ever seen, or maybe heard , of the television series "HOGAN KNOWS BEST"? .I suggest you better see the episodes and come back to me and ask the questions again in a lighter manner!
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
11 Mar 07
Hi Ortonsp, I'm sorry if I offended you.That was not my intention to offend or hurt anyone...I'm really not like that. Again Sorry R
@emeraldisle (13139)
• United States
11 Mar 07
Well for here in Florida for dogs I think it's four but I could be wrong, just not sure on it. They do allow you to have more but then you have to have a kennel permit. It also depends on the county you are in for some counties allow you to have more or less. It's not a state wide determination. Same with cats. In the county I live in there isn't a limit for cats so long as you maintain them and there are no complaints however the next county south of me the limit is six cats per dwelling. Not sure on them ever limiting children although I think in some cases there should be a cap. When I hear of some people having fifteen kids that seems a bit much to me. I have to wonder, even if they can afford that many financially, how can they give all the children the equal amount of attention.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
11 Mar 07
I think with lots of kid they give attention to each other also. Thanks for posting R
@phon4u (2217)
• Laos
7 Mar 07
It is a new idea to be heard from you. I have never heard from it in my country. The dogs are good guardians, my population only six millions people. I don’t think the Lao government will control and lay the regulation. It is unfair to limit the animals in the country side.
@raydene (9874)
• United States
8 Mar 07
Thanks,do you have lots of dogs in Laos? Raydene
@sweetee (420)
• Australia
6 Mar 07
In Melbourne, Australia we are only allowed to keep a maximum of 2 dogs and/or 2 cats. They have to be registered and microchipped.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
I believe that we should limit our dogs at home because having lots of dogs can be disturbing to the neighborhood, in terms of them barking almost all the time.
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@mkirby624 (1599)
• United States
6 Mar 07
well if you own the house and yard, I really don't see how it's anyones business to tell you how many animals you can have. Certainly not the government. This won't pass because the government cannot regulate private property like that.
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@Jshean20 (14359)
• Canada
6 Mar 07
I think that to put this law on every household regardless of their conditions would be silly! There are too many cats, dogs and even kids in foster homes in need of a good home to do this. I think that limits should be given only to people who live in really small homes or don't have enough income to support the animals and kids.
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• India
6 Mar 07
i think limiting the number of pets sounds really weird and is unfair.though i've never heard of any such laws,atleast in my country thankfully.i would love to keep as many pets i want.
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@aksingh (20)
• India
6 Mar 07
Well yes there should be a check in metro cities like new york, New delhi etc. But in villages there should be no limit . Well to add let me tell you the vision you had in this discussion is already been applied in bangladesh and Indian to control population . Some of them are - A person cant fight election if he/she has mor than two kids. No free medical aid to the third child . And there is a big list . I think that will be boring . Still If you want to know them , then please inform ,
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@switlyf (649)
• Philippines
6 Mar 07
i think there shouldn't be anu limit with that..as long as the owner knows how to properly take care of the dogs or cats then there wont be any problem..right??
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@jillmalitz (5131)
• United States
6 Mar 07
There are some city and county ordinances that restrict how many pets are allowed at one house. This is basically for health reasons. Would you like 40 cats or dogs next door to you? Just think about the amount of poop expelled by the animals. Plus I think every person who has pets must be responsible and care for their pets. It is too hard to feed, immunize and keep many animals healthy.
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@bkfuels (1605)
• Canada
6 Mar 07
Well I will give you my opinion on cats just because I have 7 of them. Sometimes I think it is a little crazy to have that many but I could not be without one of them. Thay are well taken care of and our house is very clean. I think a limit should be put on any animal or child if there is neglect involved. The only way I would let any of my cats go is if I thought I could not care for them properly any more.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
Most places in the US already have restrictions on how many pets can be in one home. Permits can usually be obtained to go over the limit if you prove that you're capable of handling more. In most situations, though, it's not fair to the animals to have a huge number. I think that having children is a whole different thing. I don't understand people wanting huge numbers of kids, but I don't think limiting it should be up to the government.
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