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Possible City Ordinance Limits Number of Dogs Allowed In Yard

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The Cherokee County Humane Society is proposing home owners only keep up to three dogs in their yards. The idea came about as the group worked with Gaffney City Council to revamp its 2011 Animal Ordinance.

Holly was cited under the city of Gaffney's 2011 animal ordinance. It says if you own three or more dogs you have to provide a 100-square-foot kennel for each one. And there should be a cement floor.

"He writes me a $1,100 ticket for having too many dogs in the yard and not complying with this ordinance," said dog owner RJ Holly.


Calling the rules unreasonable, Holly took his complaints to the Cherokee County Humane Society.

"We agreed with him that it was a bit extreme and it could use some work," said Humane Society President Beth Osment.

Holly says the Society's work is actually making things worse.

"If the Humane Society's rules were adapted I would have got two tickets instead of one," said Holly. "So it's not any better."

Hume Society President Beth Osment tells us the group doesn't believe kennels are needed. And a fenced in yard, with the right space, should be okay. But the Humane Society went a step further—suggesting the ordinance should only allow city residents to have three dogs.

"It prevents hoarding," said Osment. "Also, typically in town, the lots are smaller and so there is less space for more dogs."

Osment says the limit also protects you if you live next door to someone with too many dogs.

"It certainly helps with noisy," said Osment. "And sometimes smell if they aren't being taken care of. It all depends on how well the animals are being taken care of."

However Holly says he will continue to fight the idea.

"My dogs should have the right to enjoy my backyard just like anybody's kids would." Said Holly.

"That's like me going down the street and saying 'Oh you have four kids, but you can only let two out at a time.' Because I feel my dogs are my kids."

The changes to this ordinance are not set in stone just yet. The Humane Society says it is working with Gaffney City Council to make the rules as reasonable as possible.

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