Pittsburgh suburb may tweak pet quota

February 28, 2008 5:20:18 AM PST

For 36 years, the township has allowed three pets per "resident" but council wants to change that to read "residence."

The township's attorney says it was always the intent to limit pets to three per residence, not three pets for each person who lives in a home. The new ordinance would contain an exception for fish and smaller animals and birds that are caged, allowing 10 of those animals per household.

More than 50 residents signed a petition opposing the change. They say the number of pets should not matter as long as they are cared for properly.