According to WSPA7, residents in the city of Gaffney may soon have a limit placed on the number of dogs allowed to live in their yards. The idea was brought up as the Gaffney City Council discussed the 2011 Animal Ordinance.
The old ordinance says if you own three or more dogs you have to provide a kennel for each one that is 100-square-feet or larger, and there should be a cement floor.
In an interview with WSPA7, Cherokee County Human Society President Beth Osmont said she believes a fenced in yard with plenty of space should be enough without providing a kennel. However, the CCHS wants to limit the number of dogs allowed to three, as it will prevent hoarding.
While this limit may upset those in the city limits who own several dogs, the new proposal will be a relief to neighbors of dogs who bark at all hours. Not only may it cut down on the noise, some of the odors coming from yards with multiple dogs whose owners aren’t strict about hygiene should decrease.
No changes have been made to the 2011 ordinance, and the Humane Society is working with Gaffney City Council to make the new ordinance as dog friendly as possible.
What do the readers think of this new proposal? Should those living in the city, who typically have smaller yards, have a limit to how many dogs they may have living in the yard? How will this affect the number of dogs turned into local shelters? That’s the most likely place any displaced dogs will end up. Animal shelters everywhere are overwhelmed, and this will only increase the number of Cherokee County dogs who will have to be euthanized.
Your comments are encouraged.