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Council changes animal codes, votes to allow three dogs per household instead of two

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The City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, November 14 to expand the city's animal rights allowances.

“The code was confusing to a lot of people, and we would get calls asking for an explanation, so we thought we should make it easier and update the chart,” said Lehi Director of Community Development Kim Struthers to start the discussion.

The first change to the code will now allow horses, donkeys, and mules on parcels in any zone with at least half an acre. Previously, property owners had to have half an acre and be in an agricultural zone.

Along with expanding farm animal rights, the code was updated to increase the dog limit within the city from two to three.

The code was changed to the following:

6.04.080: ALLOWABLE NUMBER OF DOGS AND CATS:
No more than three (3) dogs, four (4) months of age or older, and (3) three cats four (4) months of age or older shall be kept at any detached single-family lot and each attached multi-family unit or commercial establishment at any time. This provision shall not apply to licensed kennels, veterinary clinics, pet stores, or grooming parlors.

City staff originally proposed a code change to also allow two goats, sheep, pigs, or llamas on quarter-acre parcels in any zone with a required conditional use permit. The Planning Commission and ultimately the City Council decided against that change. The Council chose to maintain the current half-acre minimum for category three farm animals.

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