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Three cat limit proposed in Bay City

Jeannie Wolicki-Nichols loves her cats. She can't imagine being limited to just three.

â??That is absolutely absurd to me,â?? Wolicki-Nicols, the president of Bay Countyâ??s Humane Society. She strongly opposes a new cat limit ordinance.

â??I don't think a community could do that to people that love their animals," says Wolicki-Nichols.

But city leaders say Bay City is teeming with stray cats and something needs to be done.

â??It really comes down to nuisance issues versus number of cats. Yes, a large number of cats we all know can create problems if not properly cared for,â?? says Christopher Girard, a city commissioner.

Wolicki-Nichols says the ordinance punishes responsible pet owners.

â??I don't believe there should be a number,â?? says Wolicki-Nichols. â??I believe it should be based on what the issues are..

Commissioner Girard agrees. Heâ??s not convinced a three cat limit will stop the problem but says the city needs to do something.

â??(To) just put a hard number at it, I think is not appropriate,â?? says Girard. "I think we need to deal with the nuisance related issues."

â??If we limit the amount of animals that a person can have, we're adding to the number that are looking for homes,â?? says Wolicki-Nichols.

City commissioners will vote on the new ordinance on Monday at 7:30.

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