NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Davidson County residents may soon have a limit on how many animals they can own.
Community members have asked Metro Animal Control to set a limit on the number of dogs and/or cats a person can have depending how big their yard is.
Since the beginning of 2010, animal control officers have investigated around eight cases of serious animal abuse in Nashville alone and feel such an ordinance is necessary.
"There are problems in the county, with some folks that have large number of animals, that they're not able to properly care for," explained Brent Hager, Director of Environmental Health with the Metro Public Health Department.
He added, "In some cases we have people keeping large numbers of animals like in an apartment complex and the conditions there can really be quite horrible."
The Metro Public Health Department may mirror their ordinance to other cities that have a pet limit.
"If a parcel is less than an acre, usually about five companion animals would be sort of a guideline," Hager explained.
Proud pet owners feel such guidelines are only in the animals' best interest, as having too many cats and dogs in one area is dangerous for everyone.
"If it's not conducive to a happy life for your dog or cat, whatever pet you have," said pet owner Jeff McGregor.
Lora Manson added, "They're stacked up on top of each other, they're not well taken care of so in those situations it can be a cause for concern."
Metro health officials hope to have an ordinance limiting pets in place by the summer of next year.
The ordinance will have to be approved by the Metro Council.