In Provo Utah, you can own two dogs or two cats, but you can’t own dogs AND cats.
A little known city ordinance prohibits residents from owning dogs and cats. From The Daily Herald (Provo, UT):
Following complaints about the ordinance from a family with existing pets who tried to adopt a kitten but was turned down by shelter staff citing Provo law, Councilman Dave Knecht has proposed adding the word “and” to the code.
The move would allow families the option of legally owning up to two cats and two dogs at the same time, he said.
The problem came to Knecht’s attention after Susan Sewell, her husband David and their six children, ages 4-19, went to the Utah County Animal Shelter in Spanish Fork to adopt a kitten in August. The family already has a cat and a dog.
They chose a kitten and began filling out the adoption paperwork. But when shelter staff learned of their existing pets, the family was told they could not have the animal because Provo only allowed residents to have cats or dogs, not cats and dogs.As bizarre as the law is, the more amazing fact is that the animal shelters were actually enforcing it…
The Provo City Council is expected to vote on Knecht’s amendment Dec. 7.