To the Editor:
McHenry County is considering a pet limit, which would be a mistake.
Has anybody else heard about the Minnesota case: Holt v. City of Sauk Rapids 1997? It’s a case in which a judge ruled that a pet limit law was unconstitutional.
Not only that, but passing a pet limit law only affects responsible owners, because owners who are truly irresponsible will ignore the law, instead of giving them to the Humane Society.
Should Animal Control come to their door, then the owner in question simply could hide his or her pets.
As long as a pet limit exists, the pets probably won’t receive medical care or vaccinations, because the owner would be too afraid of getting caught with too many pets to bring them to the vet. Worse yet, the owner could abandon them on the street, actually leading to an increase in stray animals.
The meeting at the Animal Control office Jan. 7 was a great example of what we need to do. We simply need to speak up, loud and clear.