I would like to commend the five Burley City Council members who voted to raise the limit of dogs allowed per household from two to five. Especially Denny Curtis, who has enough intelligence to realize how much our pets are like family members.
Not only was this a very compassionate act, but a very bright move on the part of the City Council.
It would behoove Canyon County cities — Nampa and Caldwell, especially — to look at this move. What a simple solution to help the Canyon County Animal Shelter with the problems and expenses it is having during these difficult times.
I’m sure there are many more people who would love to rescue another pet but are not allowed to because of city regulations. More dogs allowed per household means more pets adopted, more license fees collected, and fewer animals to house and feed, saving the county shelter money and increasing the license revenue coming in.
Research has proven that pets also contribute to the health and well-being of seniors. Wouldn’t it be nice if the senior apartments and senior housing would lower the deposit fee for a small pet? Seniors are unable to come up with hundreds of dollars for deposits just so they can have a companion. That one gracious act alone would be a big boost to our cat problem. But most of all, think of all the loving animals that are waiting for a life that they may not get because of city regulations.
• D.L. Stanford, Nampa
Editor’s note: According to Canyon County animal control, the maximum number of dogs allowed for a single household inside Nampa city limits is two. In Caldwell, it’s three.