More time needed on cat proposal in Bay City - WNEM TV 5

More time needed on cat proposal in Bay City

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

A local city commission is asking for more time to decide what to do about a proposal that would limit the number of cats a resident would be allowed to have.

They've decided to ask for more time to conduct more research on the issue. An ordinance is already in place to limit the number of dogs.

Bay City resident Diane Campbell's two cats are a part of the family. The one-and-a-half-year-old twins 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," says Campbell.

But, if she wanted to expand her family of cats, she would have to think twice if a new ordinance being proposed in Bay City passes.

That proposal 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 have.  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," says Campbell.

TV5 spoke to several commissioners and they say that's exactly the reason why this is being discussed.

This, following more than a year's worth of meetings by a special committee to determine what can be done to address complaints regarding homes with cats that aren't maintained or cared for.

A similar ordinance was introduced a year ago because of complaints the city's 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," says Bay City resident Harold Birch.

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