In the wake of complaints, Hornell imposes four dog limit per household

The city of Hornell has announced a dog limit.

In response to what city officials say is an increasing number of complaints about large numbers of dogs living in poor conditions, residents will only be allowed to keep four dogs over the age of four months per household, beginning May 18. Households with more than four dogs now will be exempt, as long as all the dogs are licensed. Proof of vaccination is required at the time of licensing. Licenses are available at the City Clerk’s office during regular business hours.

“Having a pet is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Like children, our pets rely on us to provide them with a clean, safe and healthy environment” said Mayor John Buckley.” “I encourage all pet owners to be responsible and respectful of their pets, families and neighbors, to clean up after their pets in a timely manner and quiet barking dogs when possible” said 10th Ward Alderman John Carbone.

The Hornell Common Council approved the ordinance at its April 18 meeting.

There are no state-imposed limits on dogs.

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