|Published:||Jul 10, 2012 10:56 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 11, 2012 9:44 AM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - New wording in a Collier County ordinance would change the number of pets you are allowed to have in your home.
The plan is to cut down on irresponsible breeders and also over population problems in Collier County.
This wording change in the ordinance came about after an issue with a breeder in Golden Gate Estates last July. Animals were found in very poor conditions and DAS Advisory Committee members say rewriting the ordinance will prevent that from happening again.
In July of 2011, Domestic Animal Services raided a Golden Gate Estates home and found nearly 50 dogs living in awful conditions.
Dan Martin, DAS Advisory Board Members says, "it came to light DAS made several trips out there and no citations were ever issued."
The animal community, upset over the conditions, got together and asked Collier County leaders to rewrite the current ordinance to make sure the situation found in Golden Gate Estates never happens again.
"Over ten pets and you have to have a permit if this law is passed, so you have to have an annual permit fee. You'll have to have a home inspection and then if there's any complaints at all, that means animal control can pull up to your house," explains Collier County resident Stephen Wright.
Wright says he finds certain aspects of the new ordinance troubling. He says, "if they're doing a good job and taking care of them I don't think it's anyone's business. If people have more than ten kids it doesn't mean they get inspected every year."
Amanda Townsend, Director of Collier County DAS says the land development code used to prohibit home owners from having more three or more dogs in a residential area. She says board of county commissioners want to remove that from the land development code, forcing DAS to tweak its own ordinance.
"We're moving forward saying it's okay to have more animals, but we just want to make sure you're providing proper care," says Townsend.
Anyone who has ten or more of the same animal at their home would be required to get an annual permit, but only if DAS is forced to come to your home because of a complaint.
Kennels and hobby breeders will be required to have a license and DAS will enforce that ordinance.
"Animals, to me, come first and one of the reasons I'm interested in the breeders is because the irresponsible breeder really adds to the over population in this country and we do have an over population, a very serious one," says concerned resident Gisela Rowley.
Tuesday night, the DAS Advisory Committee recommended to move this ordinance to the Board of County Commissioners. At this point they have not determined how much the annual permit will cost. That will be decided when the County Commissioners take up the issue at their meeting in September.
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