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Bay City set to discuss possible ordinance limiting number of cats

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Diane Campbell's two cats are a part of the family.

Luca and Lola are twins and Campbell said they get the run of the house to an extent.

"They are like little babies, you play toys with them and everything, and you have to treat them like children, really," said Campbell.

But if she wanted to expand her family, she would have to think twice if a new ordinance being proposed in Bay City passes. That proposal, which will be discussed Monday night, would limit the number of cats in home to three.

"If you can take care of them, it's your own personal business of how many animals you got. What I don't like is when people have a houseful of pets, and they're running around in other people's yards, and they're not taking care of them. That's when I get upset," said Campbell.

Several commissioners told TV5 that's exactly the reason why this is being discussed. A similar ordinance was introduced a year ago because of complaints the city received about numerous cats in some homes that were causing potential health hazards. A special committee was formed to address the cat issue.

"It is a privacy issue, but once again, there has to be a bottom line of control. You have to be in control of it, and if you're not in control of it, then I could see an enforcement judgement being made," said Bay City resident Harold Birch.

The discussion on Monday will also call for those who have chickens or who are beekeepers to obtain permits from the city.

Commissioners say the meeting could be a long one.

Count on TV5 as we will keep you updated.

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