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Gloversville limits pets for city residents

June 21, 2019 07:11 PM

GLOVERSVILLE - If you're a pet owner in Gloversville and own more than six dogs or cats, you could be in legal trouble thanks to a new ordinance.

Gloversville Mayor Vincent DeSantis says the pet problem has become a major quality of life concern for neighborhoods where residents are housing too many cats and dogs. The city says they've had this issue for several years now, in particular with cats, and it was time to put a law into effect.

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The new law will limit the number of cats, dogs or domesticated pets to six per single family dwelling in the city. Residents could face fines of up to $250 or 15 days in jail if they violate the law. 

Some residents NewsChannel 13 spoke with, like Jessica Pettit, say they think the new law is absurd and the city should not be able to dictate the number of pets anyone can have, especially if they are being fed. 

While DeSantis says he understands people's pets are like family members, they should not play a role in affecting property values in the city. The mayor says they are going to be sensitive about enforcing this, but ultimately they're trying to make the city of Gloversville a better place to live. 

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Brooke Selby

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