Hearing on proposed ordinance limiting pets in Grand Rapids homes canceled

A meeting to discuss plans to limit the number of pets a homeowner can have in Grand Rapids has been put on hold.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The City of Grand Rapids will no longer be talking about a proposed animal ordinance amendment at an upcoming public hearing.

The ordinance change, scheduled to be discussed on March 28, would have limited the number of cats and dogs residents could keep in their homes.

According to a press release, City Commissioner Dave Shaffer requested the city hold off on the resolution.

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"I've asked that the item not be included on the March 28 City Commission agenda because of community input that we've received suggesting ideas and revisions to the ordinance that may better address the issues around hoarding and care of animals," he said in the release.

"An ordinance simply limiting the number of pets may not be best solution."

There is no timeline set for the item to be reintroduced to the City Commission.

Currently, the city does not limit how many cats and dogs can live under one roof.

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