The McHenry County Animal Control Advisory Committee meeting originally scheduled for tonight, and mentioned in the story below, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 7.... Owning 50 Fidos could be a problem if the county decides to restrict the number of animals that residents can have. It’s hardly an unknown concept – a number of McHenry County municipalities and surrounding counties already have such ordinances. But the McHenry County Board of Health Animal Control Advisory Committee tonight plans to discuss the pros and cons of implementing such a rule at the county level. The committee wants to know what is on residents’ minds, said Ed Varga, the committee’s chairman and health board president. The idea first was broached in October at the behest of a McHenry County Board member and has not advanced beyond very early discussion. “I think, for the time being, we’re looking at what the prevailing thinking is from the community,” Varga said. County Board member Sue Draffkorn, R-Wonder Lake, said she asked the health department to look into an ordinance based on complaints she had received from constituents. She said a rule limiting the number of pets should not be burdensome if area municipalities have them. Health department spokeswoman Debra Quackenbush said today’s discussion likely would focus primarily on whether a need existed.
County ponders pet limits By KEVIN P. CRAVER, Northwest Herald