The second of three readings of an ordinance dealing with animals within Fremont’s City limits will be heard by the City Council, Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 400 East Military. The Council discussed a limit on the number of pets per household at the Oct. 11 meeting and announced continuance of the public hearing.
The proposed maximum of three dogs and five cats over the age of four months per household is based on guidelines established by the Nebraska Humane Society. The limit would not apply to kennels or catteries (places where cats are housed and bred).
Individuals with four or more dogs but no more than five dogs total and/or six or more cats but no more than eight total dogs and cats might have the option to apply for a special permit.
The Dodge County Humane Society (DCHS) has been working with City officials to promote responsible pet ownership and the well-being of animals. “The DCHS appreciates that City officials allow us to give input on the limit of dogs and cats. These limits help prevent overpopulation which ultimately effects the health and safety of the animals. We encourage pet ownership but discourage people from having so many pets that they would not be capable of caring for them properly,” said Jon Rohlfs, DCHS board president.
Further promoting pet safety and well-being, DCHS offers microchipping services at $25 per pet, a measure which increases the likelihood that a lost animal will be returned home. Their facility has the means to read owner information, crucial to a quick and safe reunion of the pet with its owner. For more information about microchipping or to schedule an appointment, contact DCHS at (402) 721-3282.