Proposed animal ordinance draws foes
CRYSTAL LAKE – Don't mess with McHenry County's pet lovers. Almost 150 of them crammed into a small meeting room Wednesday evening to tell the McHenry County Animal Control Advisory Committee that the ...
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#1 Jan 15, 2009
Many people in the McHenry County Government think they are in charge of a municipality. They are from
Crystal Lake or Lake in the Hills, drive to the Taj
Majal(county building) and are oblivious to the fact that most of the county is rural. Puppy mills are allowed in the county so I am dismayed why limits should be placed on pets in a rural unincorporated area. That ordinance belongs to municipalities and not the county government. To much staff in county government and nothing to do. Fire them save taxpayers money!
#2 Jan 23, 2009
I live in an unincorporated area and I agree they should limit the number of pets people have. There are already current laws that limit the type and count of certain animal i.e. horses, cows, chickens, etc. I think dogs, cats, birds, etc. should be no different.
The exclusion to this should be people who live on non-residential property or people on large parcels (5+ acres), which would typically be agricultural anyways. They could limit the count by land and/or home sizes needed to accommodate certain animals.
It doesn't appear to me that most people want to move next to crazy Mary with 50 pets on a 1/8 lot that are constantly trespassing and leaving behind their waste on other property. Not to mention potentially harming children in the neighborhood.
People who want a large number of animals would still have the ability to purchase property that can accommodate their desires. That is the reason they make zoning laws in the first place.
If you are a pet person, would you want someone with 20 kids moving next door constantly trespassing on your property? Let alone leaving behind their waste.
Do not get me wrong I grew up with and love pets but anything that is not done is moderation doesn't tend to have good results.
#3 Jan 27, 2009
I AM a pet person, and I have no control over how many kids someone has. I have multiple dogs and they do not leave my property unless they're in the car or on lead. All of them have their immunizations and are license. As long as I take care of them and they do not cause pain to the neighbors with noise, smell, etc. no one has the right to tell me how many to have. Limits are unconstitutional to begin with, and the county doesn't have the inclination or the money to enforce them, so there's no point. There ARE laws on the books that can be enforced if you're living next to crazy Mary who lets her dogs run all over. But those laws apply to Crazy Nancy who only has 3 dogs or 1 dog that runs all over as well. Pet limits wouldn't apply in that case, and yet it is still a problem.
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