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Los Angeles considers raising cat limit from 3 to 5

The limit of cats that can be owned may be raised from 3 to 5 in Los Angeles.
The limit of cats that can be owned may be raised from 3 to 5 in Los Angeles.
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The Los Angeles City Council wants to keep cats out of shelters and in order to do so is considering changing city code to raise the household limit on feline friends from three to five.

The Los Angeles Times reports the Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee unanimously approved a proposal Wednesday to allow more cats in an attempt to encourage more residents to adopt more pets and help reduce the number of animals being euthanized. It is currently illegal to own more than three cats without a kennel permit.

Critics of the proposal say the higher limit could encourage animal hoarding and nuisance issues.

If the committee's proposal is approved by the council, the city attorney's office would draft an ordinance to raise the cat limit.

Poll: Should Angelenos be allowed to have five cats?