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      Oneida Common Council delays vote on pet limit

      After hearing pleas to consult with experts from the New York Humane Society, Oneida Common Council members decided to delay a vote on a proposal that would put a four pet limit on households inside the district.

      Many echoed deep concerns over a cap on pet owners they felt would penalize good pet owners and rescuers and did not appropriately address animal cruelty cases.

      "People can have one dog and that dog can be a nuicance and can be a frequent flyer here at our shelter," said Dee Schafer, director of education at Wanderers' Rest Humane Association in Canastota. "So what's going to happen? Just because you have a bunch of animals doesn't mean you're not a good pet owner."

      Pet owners, rescuers and advocates in attendance were overwhelmingly pleased with the council's receptiveness to their concerns and willingness to work with state experts.

      "I am genuinely honored to have been here tonight," said Lainey's Army founder Kimberly Strong. "This was really good for an advocate's soul."

      Advocates in Oneida are hoping to set up a meeting between council members and Brian Shapiro, the New York state director for the Humane Society of the United States, in order to draft legislation appropriate for Oneida.