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Los Gatos Police Receive Complaint About Man Living With Five Dogs

Town code limits the amount of canines per household to two.

Two English Mastiffs. Los Gatos Town code only allows two dogs per household. Courtesy Wikimedia
Two English Mastiffs. Los Gatos Town code only allows two dogs per household. Courtesy Wikimedia

A man living with five dogs on Browns Lane was advised by Los Gatos/Monte Sereno police that he's in violation of town code, which limits the amount of canines per household to two.

The 54-year-old man, who was not present when police officers visited Sunday afternoon, was found to have five dogs on his property, which appeared to be English Mastiffs, said Sgt. spokesman J.R. Langer. 

One of the animals was loose and the other four were observed in kennels, Langer said.

A report indicating the observations of the animal services officers and the patrol officer were sent to Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Code Compliance, Langer added, explaining police do not set fines.

San Jose Animal Services has been to the property before pertaining to similar complaints, Langer noted.

Town code allows five total pets per household, but doesn't allow more than one un-spayed female cat per house.

Also no person shall keep or maintain more than three cats over 4 months of age, according to town code.

There are exceptions to this rule for licensed kennel operators and veterinarians.

No person shall allow the parturition and rearing of more than one litter of dogs or cats in any one calendar year from females owned by property owners or maintained on their premises without a valid permit from the town manager for a private kennel, commercial kennel, or animal shelter, the code further states.


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Esmée St James January 16, 2014 at 12:19 PM
I wonder what would happen to the 'excess' pets....
Marilyn Leonard January 16, 2014 at 06:06 PM
I think it should be dependent on the dog(s) and the location. One dog who barks all the time or one dog who is overly aggressive can be much more of a problem than 2 or 3 or more dogs who are quiet, well behaved and well mannered. The size of the dogs and the size of the property also would seem to be relevant.
Esmée St James January 16, 2014 at 06:09 PM
I totally agree with you, Marylin. I understand the need for rules, but it just seems a bit too general to limit pets without looking at the considerations you mentioned.

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