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One city near Chicago is now limiting the number of cats and dogs that a household can have, and even issuing fines for excessive barking.
The law passed by the Aurora City Council states that residents are allowed to have four “companion” animals, which are defined as “a dog, cat, ferret, rabbit, guinea pig, hamster or other similar domestic animal commonly kept as pets,” according to NBC 5.
Residents can have more than two cats and dogs, but have to fill out an application from the city’s animal control and prove that all animals within the household are microchipped, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered within the past five years.
The owners of animals that are making “excessive noise” can be fined under the new law.
The owner of animals that are making “excessive noise” for more than 15 minutes at a time between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. could receive a $100 ticket.
From the hours of 10:01 p.m. to 6:59 a.m, animals cannot make “excessive noise” for more than 10 minutes.
Complaints of “excessive noise” must be captured by audio or video, made by two individuals from different households, or made by one individual but later backed up by authorities, according to the report.