GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. – A decision in Green Island to limit the number of pets per household has been postponed after a large number of residents spoke out at a public meeting, strongly opposing the idea.
A proposed amendment to local law would limit the number of dogs and/or cats in one place of residence.
John McGivern said he walks his German Shepard three times a day in Green Island. McGivern said taking care of one dog is a lot of work and believes a limit of three pets is a great idea.
"If you have more than several animals they're harder to take care of," he said. "I think that's a good thing to have the limit on animals, but other people have a different opinion."
For dog lover Judy Hart, the possible change is one she is not willing to accept.
"I only have one dog, but at one time I owned five dogs and I had no problem," she said. "I had my own vet."
Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan said the limit was sparked by an issue with one animal owner. In regards to that incident she said, "We had complaints about dog feces in one area. Police were then called to a house for a separate issue but found ten dogs in the apartment at the time."
Mayor McNulty-Ryan would not comment on the dogs' conditions and said those caring for the dogs voluntarily gave them up.
Hart said everyone should not have to suffer for someone else's mistake.
"I truly hope it doesn't pass," she said. "I don't think you should limit people anymore than we're limited."
If passed, any pets already licensed would be grandfathered in among households that already exceed the limit.