Rescind arbitrary limits on the number of dogs and cats a Toronto resident can keep.

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Chapter 349-5 of the Toronto Municipal Code sets limits on how many cats or dogs a person in the city can have in their home. The bylaw sets a limit of three dogs per household and six cats per household. These limits are not based on any rational criteria. They are arbitrary. And they are wrong.

Toronto is certainly not the only municipal jurisdiction to put limits on the number of animals a person can keep. Other municipalities have similar laws. Such laws are presumably enacted to deter animal hoarding. But I have yet to see any evidence that such laws provide any deterrent to animal hoarders.

The City of Guelph, for example, has no limit on the number of cats or dogs a person can have in their residence, yet it is not an epicentre of animal hoarding. If the City of Toronto wants to limit the number of pets a person can have in their residence, it should do so based on rational criteria, not arbitrary numbers.

This petition calls on the Mayor and councillors of the City of Toronto to rescind Chapter 349-5 of the Toronto Municipal Code.