Fayette Commission ready to relax 3-dog/cat limit in A-R zoning areas

A county ordinance that limits residents to having just three dogs and/or cats may be loosened in the near future.

The commission agreed last week to remove the restriction for homeowners who live on parcels zoned agricultural-residential, which has minimum lot sizes of five acres.

The move will not be official for a number of weeks, as the necessary change will be drafted by county planning staff and vetted by the planning commission before it is brought back for a formal vote of the commission.

Commissioner Lee Hearn advocated for the change, noting that the county doesn’t regulate the number of farm animals a homeowner can maintain.

“If we’re not going to regulate how many pigs my neighbor’s got, I really don’t want you regulating how many dogs they have,” Hearn said,

He added that any noise problem created by one’s pets can be handled by the county’s nuisance ordinance if necessary. As it stands now, the current regulation has been abused by homeowners who have an unrelated dispute with their neighbors and choose to complain to the county about the number of pets in order to start an investigation, Hearn said.

“I think the ordinance was well-intended, but I can tell you several people had the marshal’s office sicced on them because they had another issue with their neighbor. And I don’t like being in that business,” Hearn said.

Commissioner Allen McCarty said he is aware of one family that chose not to move to Fayette County because each of the four family members had their own dog, and that put them one pet over the county’s limit.

“Anything that costs us a home sale is not good for this county, in my opinion,” McCarty said.

ptctrader2010
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Well intended... but senseless

Going beyond the A/R restriction... let's face it.. multiple "INDOOR" cats that are neutered/spayed, is a whole different animal than multiple dogs. But let me go one step further. It has come to my attention that the Fayette County Animal Control shelter is severely underfunded and can't afford food or medication for the animals they have at times. And they are NOT A NO KILL FACILITY. So we encourage homeowners to adopt... then put limits? Ok We have all heard the stories of the hundreds of neglected cats in a rundown house. But where did the number "3" come from?

I think the ordinance is stupid. Let's find homes for these animals and not restrict owners who are capable of a number beyond 3 and maintain all health and quality of life standards.

P.S. Fayette County Humane Society ( ALL VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION ) could use your dollars, your willingness to adopt, and your volunteer help.

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So does that mean......

That instead of trapping the loose and stray cats I should instead put them out of their misery with a well aimed shot that the kitty would not feel? Benefits would be that you would not have to perform paper work, buy kitty litter and feed and.......

So do you want these cats? I mean.... Heck.... if it is okay to kill off unwanted babies then WTH.... its only a cat.

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No Git, it just means you should

keep on shooting those Prarie Rats with your .223!

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Actually Gym....

I will adopt about 20 cats now if the shelter will ship them out to the farm for me. Got some nice barns and plenty of field mice for them to practice their desire to hunt and kill. AND.... No need to worry about them becoming ferrel cats.... If they leave the perimeter and stray off they simply become coyote food.

See.... reasonable people CAN come up with reasonable solutions....

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Hey Git: Cats

The boss has two of them. I have named them Dumb and Dumber. Come over any time for them........please.

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Cats Cy.....

Cut holes in a box and overnight them to me for a Monday afternoon delivery and I'll introduce them to farm life. They may beat me there however considering I am going to attempt a buddy pass flight....LOL.