Limit laws are not only ineffective, they are unfair.
In Dog limit laws are ineffective limit laws were defined as a restriction on the number of animals an individual or household may own. Of course all the variety within the various areas makes the limit laws ineffective and really unfair to responsible pet owners. Limit laws target any and all owners regardless of how their animals behave or act.
On a more positive note, there are solutions other than limiting the number of animals a responsible owner may have.
- Since most communities already have animal control nuisance regulations there could be stronger enforcement. This increases respectful pet ownership and would offer opportunity for public education on what is and is not responsible ownership.
- Effective leash laws to prevent owners from allowing their pets to run loose possibly endangering the public.
- Additional ordinances / rules would include cleaning up after your animals, noise, odor and general nuisance guidelines. Again, these all encourage responsible pet ownership as well as public education opportunities. For violators, perhaps a training class or animal related community service would work.
- For that one non-animal loving neighbor, mediation to help resolve issues and provide education about responsible and irresponsible animal ownership. Using this method rather than an anonymous reporting method may make the people reporting more accountable for their actions.
- Teach the community how to properly care for and interact with pets. This also allows pet owners to be good neighbors and valuable members of the community too.
All of us want our neighborhoods to be safe and enjoyable places for people and pets and finding workable, affordable, enforceable solutions can be implemented without resorting to limit laws.
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