Yes, it’s a possibility. If you live in McHenry County, please be sure to attend the meeting on January 7th (see information below) or send your opinions to Sue Draffkorn at SXDraffkorn@co.mchenry.il.us, Debra Quackenbush at firstname.lastname@example.org and Ed Varga BoardofHealth@co.mchenry.il.us.
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From the Northwest Herald site (copied below without comments), http://www.nwherald.com/articles/2008/12/03/news/local/doc4936376b46f90596019010.txt
Updated: County ponders pet limits
By KEVIN P. CRAVER – email@example.com
Note to readers: The McHenry County Animal Control Advisory Committee meeting originally scheduled for tonight, and mentioned in the story below, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 7 due to inclement weather and poor driving conditions.
Owning 50 Fidos could be a problem if the county decides to restrict the number of animals that residents can have.
It’s hardly an unknown concept – a number of McHenry County municipalities and surrounding counties already have such ordinances. But the McHenry County Board of Health Animal Control Advisory Committee tonight plans to discuss the pros and cons of implementing such a rule at the county level.
The committee wants to know what is on residents’ minds, said Ed Varga, the committee’s chairman and health board president. The idea first was broached in October at the behest of a McHenry County Board member and has not advanced beyond very early discussion.
“I think, for the time being, we’re looking at what the prevailing thinking is from the community,” Varga said.
County Board member Sue Draffkorn, R-Wonder Lake, said she asked the health department to look into an ordinance based on complaints she had received from constituents. She said a rule limiting the number of pets should not be burdensome if area municipalities have them.
Health department spokeswoman Debra Quackenbush said today’s discussion likely would focus primarily on whether a need existed.
“Is there a growing need for that – something we need to put in place prior to problems becoming an issue?” Quackenbush said.
Although many area governments limit the number of animals residents can own, those rules vary widely.
Algonquin, Johnsburg and Marengo limit residents to four domestic animals, while Lakewood’s ordinance limits up to four dogs and cats. Huntley limits residents to three domestic animals, while Cary and Fox River Grove have a three-dog limit and no limit on cats.
Kane and Lake counties limit ownership to three dogs and three cats, while Lake County allows more with additional acreage.
Largely agricultural Boone County places no limits on cats but limits residents to owning 10 dogs. Cook County leaves limits to municipalities.
Cities that do not limit the number of pets include Harvard, Lakemoor, McHenry, Richmond, Spring Grove and Woodstock.
If you go
McHenry County Animal Control Advisory Committee
When: 7 p.m. today.
Where: McHenry County Animal Control and Adoption Center, 100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake.