City Council Set to Close Loophole in Pet Hoarding Ban

We feel like there’s been a massive spike in reports of pet hoarding in Philadelphia over the course of the past few years. City Council has taken notice, too, and plans to vote on a measure that would close a loophole in a limit on the number of pets citizens can own. Currently, the law states that people cannot own more than 12 cats or dogs in a “dwelling unit” and that no more than two of those animals can be unspayed or unneutered. Apparently people have successfully argued that the term “dwelling unit” doesn’t encompass the whole property, leaving them free to hoard animals on their property, but outside of the unit. The proposed bill will alter the wording of the code so that it applies to properties and not just homes. It will be read today and should pass next week. []