City leaders ask for more information regarding cat ordinance - WNEM TV 5

City leaders ask for more information, other options, regarding cat ordinance

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Proposed pet limits in Bay City have become a hot-button issue. 

On Monday night, the board of commissioners presented the proposal which would limit the number of cats in each home to three.

But some very emotional pet owners asked them to reconsider.

Orange was a popular color at the meeting on Monday night.  The color was a show of solidarity by residents who disagree with a measure that would put a limit on the number of cats in one home.

"Let's try to find a way to look at something beside a number," said Jean Wolicki-Nichols of the Bay County Humane Society.

Bay City Commissioners discussed a proposed ordinance that would limit the number of cats on a single property to three.  But nearly 30 people showed up to urge commissioners to think twice.

"I don't have any children, and it's been important to me to have my cats because they're probably, other than my immediate family, one of the places I can find the unconditional love," said one resident who stood up at the meeting.

"I don't see how limiting people to three cats solves any problems. My house does not smell from the street or from my porch," said another resident.

Scott McKillop, the city's community development planner, said the ordinance would help with enforcement against those whose cats have become a nuisance.

"There are steps we can take to help us, with lack of better term, deal with the bad apples," said McKillop.

On Monday night, commissioners say they want more time and some say they would like to see more alternatives.

"I do feel like we get to the point where we do start to feel like we over regulate, and I do worry about that, not just with this, but with everything," said Kerice Basmadjian, a Bay City Commissioner.

"A lot of people are responsible pet owners and I don't know if this really addresses that," said Commissioner Chris Girard.

A commissioner told TV5 on Monday night this is not an ordinance that needs to be rushed, and it's best if the city takes time to determine what options it has.

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