NORTH KINSGTOWN, R.I. (WJAR) — New rules will limit how many dogs someone can own in North Kingstown, with a maximum of five.
While supporters said they're just keeping up with the times, opponents argue there's no need.
Mariann Miceli, who was accompanied by Dolly, her one dog, told NBC 10 News they walk the streets of Wickford every day.
“I think four could be the limit,” she said. “But if they can handle it and they take good care of them, like I take care of my dog, I think it's OK.”
The town council approved the restriction in a 3 to 2 vote.
Councilman Kerry McKay, who has three dogs, voted for the limit.
“I think we did the right thing. When you have that many dogs, you have the tendency to have issues,” McKay said. “They create all kinds of waste. They can bark, bark, bark their heads off.”
Counilwoman Doreen Costa, who has two dogs and other animals, voted against it.
“If I have three dogs or six dogs, they're long to be groomed. They're going to the vet. They're going to have their shots. They're going to be very well taken care of,” Costa said. “And most people are good. They're going to do the right thing.”
Animal Control and police recommended the rule in hopes of avoiding hoarding situations, as there had not been a limit on the books in North Kingstown.
Animal Control Officer Brittany Curran said she checked in with a bunch of other towns, many with a limit of three dogs. She said there are about a dozen homes in town now with more than five dogs, one with about 20.
But the new rules will grandfather in those dog owners.
“We're just trying to update the ordinance and things like that,” said Curran. “Everybody that has their dogs are going to be able to keep them. We're not going to go out to your house and take them away.”
“Anybody could move here and have 35 dogs, but maybe they're not taking care of them,” Curran added.
“Not going to say that somebody that has 3 dogs isn't taking care of them right, but just in general, that's a lot of dogs. We should definitely have it monitored more.”
The new rule goes into effect July 1. Anyone who is not grandfathered in beforehand would need a kennel license to have more than five dogs.
I heard this news today on the radio while at work. I could've sworn I was listening to Rhode Island talk radio, but by the looks of things we're living in China!
I'm sure you just asked yourself:
"Why is that, Dozo?"
Well, friendo call me Craig David because I'm about to fill you in.
Yes, I know 7 days a much better song, but let me explain the real issue here.
You see, North Kingstown is now putting a limit on how many dogs a home can have at 5 (five) puppers per residence. Thank God they did because of all the issues in America right now this has to be in the top 3. Right after not enough Dunkin Donuts and the under-appreciation of Jason Bateman,
But seriously, this is idiotic imo. To me a town shouldn't have this type of power over it's taxpaying (can you tell I've been listening to a lot of talk radio) residents.
While I do love dogs, and to a point agree that having over 5 dogs is a little bit much I gotta side with the people who voted against this. As an American, and more importantly as a laid back, chill, cool. bro, guy I gotta say I don't like how NK is trying to tell people to live. Don't tread on my puppies! I live by the notion of live how you want, your house is your house. You do your thing, I'll do mine. I don't give a fuck what you do as long as you aren't harming people and it doesn't negatively impact others. For this situation throw good boys and girls (talkin dogs for old people reading this who aren't up to date with internet jargon) in the mix.
Tell me this NK...How am I supposed to explain to my children that our new gay neighbors—————-- had to give away 3 of their 8 dogs because they just moved to North Kingstown? Are you gonna explain to them why Christoph and Spencer had to decide which dogs to "give" away? They'll be heartbroken. What happened to the Declaration of Independence,,, "life liberty and the pursuit of happiness" ever heard of it? If having a football team full of dogs makes someone happy, as long as they're taking care of them who careeeees? With animal control always an issue in this country, people who want to take care of 5+ dogs should be thanked, not ostracized.
Who are you North Kingstown to tell someone how many dogs they can or cannot have? I mean as long as the person is taking care of them why the does it matter?
Also NK I gotta know, was this really such a pressing issue that they had to waste time coming up with this law? How many people complained about too many doggos? Were tons of people really moving to NK with 35 dogs willy-nilly? I know NK is a pretty affluent area with not a ton of issues, but I feel like there are more important things to worry about than how many dogs people own.
If anything why not put a limit on how many cats someone can have? I think worrying about crazy cat ladies, (which after spending any amount of time in Wickford you can tell there are plenty of in NK) is a much bigger issue. Nobody needs to discover a dead body being eaten by a baker's dozen of tabbies when some lonely lady who hasn't left her studio apartment is finally discovered after being dead for a month and a half.
Or better yet, let's put a limit on how many kids someone should have. That's something I can get behind. Bill Burr has said it on like three different specials. If you think people are gonna start neglecting dogs once the total surpasses cinco then what do you think is gonna happen with kids? Plus extra dogs aren't taking away jobs and sucking at driving unlike new people.
I just think this law could be the beginning of a very slippery slope. What's next taking away our guns?!?