Dog Limit Proposal Shot Down by Animal Lovers

The controversial proposal was backed by the Chicago Police Department

By Susan Ball
|  Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009  |  Updated 12:27 PM CDT
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Chicago aldermen must have been barking mad to think they could get a dog limit ordinance past Chicago pet owners.

The five-dog-per-household proposal has been put on the back burner following a wave of opposition from veterinarians and animal advocates, who argued it would result in more animals being kept in shelters and put down, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Ald. Ray Suarez, 31st, spearheaded the controversial proposal to restrict the number of dogs per household to five which would force owners with more to get rid of them.  He said the proposal was partly in response to one residence in his neighborhood that is home to several disruptive dogs, according to the Tribune.

The proposed ordinance was also backed by the Chicago Police Department and the head of the city's animal control department, the Sun-Times reports.

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