Vancouver backs off animal limits

first_imgAfter months of back and forth, the Vancouver City Council is no longer considering implementing limits on the number of animals residents can own. A 5-2 vote Monday evening sealed the ordinance’s fate as the majority of the council voted against moving forward with a public hearing.The discussion first began in November 2016 after concerned residents addressed the council about a neighbor who habitually kept too many animals in unfavorable conditions.The most recent proposal would have restricted households from keeping a total of more than 10 animals. Dogs were limited to three, and cats, hens and rabbits were restricted at five per household.“I feel the number is arbitrary in terms of the solution we’re trying to find to a problem in limiting the number of pets isn’t necessarily going to get at those bad actors,” said Councilor Alishia Topper. Topper has expressed reservations about the ordinance throughout the process. “I believe that our city code already addresses the majority of issues that would be occurring regardless of the number of animals you have.”Bryan Snodgrass, principal planner in the city’s Community and Economic Development department, said the city estimates it gets between five and 10 complaints annually concerning the number of animals a resident owns. The county, he said, handles a hoarding case every year to two, and about four or five times a month it receives calls about the number of animals someone has.last_img read more