ASHEBORO, N.C. — The city council is considering changing an ordinance which limits the amount of dogs and cats a homeowner can own depending on the size of their property.
Currently, a homeowner whose lot is 30,000 square feet or less can only own two dogs or two cats.
“They’re part of the family,” said Ofelia Kindley, referring to her two cats.
She’s an animal lover and was thinking about getting another furry friend.
“I might consider having a dog,” Kindley said.
But being that she lives in Asheboro, and her property isn’t bigger than 30,000 square feet, she can’t.
“Allow us to have a third pet,” said the homeowner.
She’s part of about a dozen homeowners trying to get the city to change its rules on how many dogs or cats residents are allowed to own.
A rule the city says they put in place to prevent animal abuse or neglect. Within the past two years, the city has had seven nuisance cases involving animals.
“Council doesn’t want puppy mills, animal hoarding,” said City Manager John Ogburn.
Ogburn says council members are looking at plans to possibly change those rules.
“It’s pretty restrictive,” he said. “A lot of towns our size have no restriction whatsoever.”
More than 80 percent of Asheboro’s residents live on lots that are 30,000 square feet or less.
Ogburn says the city council is looking at a plan which would change the current rule from two dogs to three on a lot 30,000 square feet or less.
There’s no word yet on if changes to the rule would also apply to cats.
But after meeting with city council members at Thursday’s meeting, Ofelia says she’s hopeful.
“We walked out with a good feeling,” she said. “I don’t want to part with my cats.”