The Green Island board tabled a controversial plan to place a limit on the number of pets people can have in the village. Our Erin Vannella has more on that decision.
GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- One, two, three, four. Too many pets earns a knock at your door. Well, sort of.
"Probably the only time it would be addressed is when we would receive a complaint and an officer or code inspector gets there and finds a violation," said Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan.
Barking back and forth at the village board meeting, Green Island discussed a proposed law to limit, per dwelling, the number of dogs and cats, not squirrels, to three.
"If you start limiting the number of pets, some people really love their cats. I'm allergic to cats, but I love them," said one woman.
"I'm an animal lover, but there are much more important things we should be discussing," said one man.
"It can be one dog, not five dogs, coming to poop on the property," said another.
"What if you have three cats and three dogs? Can you have three cats and three dogs?" asked another.
No, any combination of three.
But to Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan, a cat fight about dog poop, pet licensing and four-legged companionship, while fair, seemed almost petty.
"The same exact law as what we're proposing exists in the City of Cohoes and has for years and a very similar law in Troy, only it's only for dogs," said McNulty-Ryan.
But by meeting's end, board members agreed Green Island's needs work, if, for among other things, a better dwelling definition, enforcement clarification and a tighter leash on licensing documentation.
"Is everybody I agreement? Then we table the issue," said McNulty-Ryan.
The village board won't make a decision without another public meeting. If it becomes law, violators could face a $250 fine. And dwellings with more than three licensed pets before the law's created could be grandfathered in.