CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Two dogs or three? A simple question generating a contentious conversation in Cedar City. Wednesday evening, the council will vote on the possibility of amending an ordinance limiting the number of dogs a person can own.
“What was expected to be a short discussion here at a Cedar City council meeting has turned into a month-long controversy that’s gained national attention.
It’s an issue that came up a month ago, when an owner with three dogs learned he could only have two under the city’s ordinance.
Wynn Isom denied our requests for an on-camera interview but Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson says he proposed the possibility of allowing three dogs if one was registered with a national kennel organization.
But she says, the American Kennel Club objects to that proposal.
“Since that initial conversation, we’ve had everything from doing completely away with any ordinance and just looking at pets if they cause a nuisance to keeping the ordinance how it is, only allowing two dogs or some combination in between,” Mayor Wilson said.
“I think two is a really good limit,” Melissa Eggertsen said.
“I have little kids and I don’t want them getting scared or stepping in poop. I like the idea of two dogs,” Chanelle Lake said.
ABC4 Utah spoke with several dog owners who are in favor of expanding the ordinance. All refused to speak on camera but they said this is an issue about responsible dog ownership and not about the number of pets.
The city council is also considering a permit allowing dog owners with more than two canines to meet certain criteria and keep their animals inside city limits.