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New law would limit Roy households to 2 cats, 2 dogs

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Posted at 2:51 PM, Apr 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-17 19:04:52-04

ROY, Utah — A new ordinance in Roy may mean trouble for some pet owners; the new rule will restrict people from having more than two cats and two dogs in a residence without a kennel license.

Roy city leaders said the announcement is in response to complaints from several people about neighbors having too many cats. Under the current laws, animal control officials cannot get involved in such situations because there isn’t an applicable law to enforce.

City Prosecutor Trent Nelson said the new law probably won’t need much enforcing.

“We don’t receive an excessive amount of problems or complaints on excessive amounts of cats, so we don’t anticipate this will be a heavy enforcement issue,” he said.

Roy residents who would like to own more animals can fill out a kennel license with the city, which would exempt them from the two cats and two dogs limit. The kennel license is contingent on zoning, and will not be available to everyone.

Officials suggest residents come into compliance with the new rule by July, but they have until dog licenses are up for renewal in January before the law becomes official.