Perhaps the local realtors should be required to mention the “2-dog limit” to people moving into the area.
James and Melissa Lecker moved to Wausau in early January, buying a new home and what they thought was the beginning of a great life in Wausau.
What they didn’t know is Wausau has an ordinance limiting the number of pets.
In Wausau, for instance, you can’t have more than three cats, three gerbils or three rabbits. And, unfortunately for the Leckers, you can’t have more than two dogs.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she said when a police officer told her she was over the dog limit and subject to a fine of more than $100 per day. “I had never heard of anything like that.”
She says town officials have given her an unbearable choice.
“They told us that the ordinance clearly states they cannot work with us… that it’s either two dogs or that you have to move, as you can’t have four dogs here.”
Other city officials say the ordinance was passed in 1989 to curb animal “nuisance” complaints like dog bites.
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