Richland county could enforce pet limits

Columbia (WACH) - A proposal that supporters say will put some teeth into Richland County TMs animal ordinance may find its way to a standing county council committee as soon as next month.

The measure would call for a three pet limit for county residents.

"Are you going to tell me that if i have four dogs then all of a sudden this bill is passed, who I TMm going to have to decide to have to give up," asks Eileen Sellaro.

County Councilman Bill Malinowski says fellow council member Gwen Kennedy floated the idea after getting a number of complaints about animals running loose in neighborhoods.

But enforcing an ordinance like this may be easier said than done.

"If we can't now enforce the animals running lose, how are we going to enforce pet limits?," said Malinowski. "When we don't have access to an individual's homes or yards, unless we get a complaint we won't know how many pets a family has."

Residents would get to weigh in on any changes to the ordinance before county council takes a vote. Malinowski says there are not yet any set dates for public hearings.

Sellaro says once those meetings are scheduled, she'll be there, sticking up for her four legged friends.

"As long as you're a responsible pet owner, you should be able to have as many as you want."