GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. – In August, the Green Island Village Board met to consider a law limiting the number of pets allowed in a household, but that law was already in place prior to the meeting.
The proposed amendment to local law suggested limiting the number of dogs and/or cats in one place of residence to a total of four.
After word spread that the law could go into the books, a number of village residents went to a public meeting, strongly opposing the idea. The village board ultimately decided to postpone any decision.
While the final decision on the law was postponed, the village board did some research. In a newsletter sent out in September, Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan says they found a law within Green Island's zoning laws which states that any more than a total of four cats or dogs in a single property must be in a kennel. However, kennels are not allowed in Green Island except in certain areas or if a special use permit is obtained by the Planning Board.
Mayor McNulty-Ryan told NEWS10 ABC back in August that 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."
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