CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Over the past several weeks, the Conway City Council has discussed adding a new pet ordinance for the city. One new item up for discussion is an ordinance limiting the number of pets per household, which council members say isn't a popular option.
Conway City Councilman Irby Koon said the push for this new change is a result of a small number of people breeding dogs just for profit.
"People are opening up these so called puppy mills, where they just breed dogs relentlessly where they have dogs to sell," claims Koon.
Koon added the problem is many of these dogs are living in very poor conditions and some dog owners have too many animals to take care of.
It's an issue Koon said was brought to the council by police.
"Officers would tell the Chief there's a house over on so and so and they just have a yard full of dogs," Said Koon. "There's no shelters and we've seen food being thrown on the ground, they don't have a water bowl and it's 96 degrees outside and there's no shade in the pen."
Koon added one proposed option is limiting the number of pets to six per household, which he said was met with negative reviews so the council dropped the matter from discussion for the time being.
The council is working with police to come up with a better solution in the future, and Koon said a public forum might be held a few months down the road.