How Many Dogs is too Many in NJ?
Being a dog owner, I have always enjoyed spending time with my Shiba’s. They are my pride and joy and I don’t know what I would do without them. I plan to own more Shiba’s in the future, but is the state allowed to tell me how many dogs I can own?
If you take care of your dogs and they treat people with respect, do you think it is fair for towns to limit the number of dogs a person owns?
The residents in Mendham Township, NJ are extremely upset over the possibility of a new rule that limits the number of dogs one person can own. This new ruling seems to be geared towards a specific member of the town who owns 12 Rottweilers.
This Mendham resident raises Rottweilers to show them competitively and keeps 12 of them on his property which is about three-acres. He does not sell them and states that his dogs have never gotten loose and have never bothered anyone. You go down the owners street and you wouldn’t even know he has dogs because the Rottweilers he has are not barkers.
An animal control officer is he backing up the dog owner stating that his property is in immaculate condition after a visit last year. However, some neighbors have complained saying that the dogs are
constantly barking and terrifying young children. One neighbor stated that they felt like a prisoner on their owner property. Some claim that he is running a kennel in the neighborhood.
The new ordinance that the town introduced would make it illegal for dog owners to have more than three dogs on a one-acre property and that one additional dog per acre would be allowed with a maximum of six dogs (puppies that are under five months would be excluded). There is no grandfather clause, so residents who have more than the limit would be forced to get rid of one or more pets. Many of the residents feel that they are being unfairly punished because of the one specific resident.
How would you feel if you had to give up one or more of your pets if your town had a limit?