If the City of Toronto stops limiting the number of pets per household, will you end up with the proverbial “crazy cat lady” living next door?
Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38), a noted animal lover, doesn’t think so.
There is a perception, he admits, “that if a person has more than six cats, they’ll become a crazy cat person — they won’t take care of their cats. That assumption is false,” he says.
“We should remove (from the bylaw) the (maximum) number of pets a person can have . . . it doesn’t matter how many they have. What matters is whether they’re taken care of.”
De Baeremaeker believes that other parts of the bylaw can be applied to pet owners who aren’t taking care of their animals, or hoarding, without needing to specify how many they’re allowed.
Currently, according to Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 348 animals bylaw, Torontonians are limited to six animals per household, including a maximum of three dogs. That means if your dog has more than two puppies, you’re in violation of the bylaw..." More