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Controversial pet ordinance dropped in Bay City

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A controversial proposal that would have limited the number of cats in a home has been dropped in Bay City.
Bay City Commissioners discussed a proposed ordinance that would have limited the number of cats on a single property to three but decided to shelve the idea for the time being.

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

Many residents gathered in early June to protest the ordinance. Many emotional pet owners asked the board to reconsider.

"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.

The city will speak with the Humane Society about alternatives. The city is considering an ordinance to require permits for beekeeping and chickens.

Also on the table, the city is also looking to raise its water rates. A proposal includes a $3 increase in the monthly service charge, and a slight increase in the actual cost of water.

The proposed increases would take effect July 1. The board of commissioners will vote on those increases at next Monday's meeting.

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