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Wausau pet limit vote tonight

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau city leaders could give final approval tonight to a permit that would let residents own up to five animals.

The City Council will decide whether residents could apply for a pet fancier’s permit to exceed the two dog, three cat limit.

Permit holders would be able to keep up to five animals through any combination of cats and dogs. Owners would have to pay a $35 non-refundable fee and show proof of current license for each animal covered by the permit. They cannot have violated the city’s animal code within the last two years or have any prior convictions for animal cruelty, neglect or mistreatment.

Supporters say the change would accommodate residents who violate city code with too many animals. Opponents say the permits would create extra bureaucratic red-tape and that the limit should stay the same.

The Council will also vote on increasing license fees for cats and dogs and imposing stiffer penalties on pet owners whose pets get loose too many times or keep neighbors up with their barking.

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