OWNERSHIP of pets in council property looks certain to be restricted.
Tenants in Flintshire Council properties who wish to own cats or dogs would be limited to a maximum of two each under guidance laid out in a proposed Responsible Pet Ownership Policy document.
Residents will be required to complete a formal application to keep a pet in their council homes. Applications would be assessed on individual merits over the total number of pets allowed, such as by the size of pet and the number of bedrooms at the property.
Members of the council’s housing overview and scrutiny committee backed the scheme at a meeting yesterday.
Council officer Helen Grant said applying for permission to have a pet in a council house is a requirement in the existing policy but some tenants have failed to tell the council about their animals.
The policy will increase the scrutiny placed on applications.
Provided there is suitable space, permission may be granted for chickens.
Consideration would be given to other birds housed externally to the main property, including pigeons, quail and pheasants.
Birds housed in the interior will usually be granted permission subject to a maximum number and not being a protected species.
Non-dangerous reptiles and small caged mammals would also likely receive permission.
Ms Grant said permission will always be granted to assistance dogs, such as those for the blind.
The move comes after complaints about pets creating noise or fouling, escaping animals and aggressive animal behaviour.
The new rules will go before the council cabinet and full council for approval.
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