Oak Park to look at pet policy

Complaint over pet limits prompts Board of Health review

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

It started with a complaint by a condo owner in Oak Park, who wanted to own more than one pooch. Now, the Oak Park Board of Trustees is asking the Board of Health to review the village's policy on just how many pets residents can own.

Kathleen Huttner, the condo owner who filed the complaint, wanted to get a four-legged companion from her Schnauzer, Freya, but a village ordinance forbids condos dwellers from owning two dogs.

The ordinance now states that residents of single-family homes and townhomes can own up to three dogs. Those in two- and three-flat buildings can own two, and condo owners can own only one mutt.

Huttner posed the question to elected officials earlier this year, but she might be out of the picture soon, according to an email. She notes that her condo building was recently sold in a bulk sale, and she's thinking of buying a single-family home in Forest Park or Berwyn, "so I can get that second dog with no problems".

The ordinance that currently determines the number of dogs that can be owned – it also sets standards for other pets like cats, rabbits, gerbils birds and pigs – was approved in 2004.

Timothy Inklebarger

Email: tim@oakpark.com

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Don Anderson from Oak Park  

Posted: July 9th, 2018 5:10 PM

This is how I ended up encircled surrounded by 12 dogs at my house. Oak Park had a rule that worked fine. Somebody complained. The rule got expanded and everyone wanted in. Yes, one condo with 2 dogs is okay. EVERY condo with two dogs is a nightmare.

Jane McClelland from Oak Park  

Posted: July 8th, 2018 9:20 AM

I am a local Realtor, who is obligated to relay Village dog-count policy to prospective clients, and over the years have lost many buyers & renters to other communities over the dog-count policy in multi-units. I'm curious why at least two of the new buildings on Lake Street (Vantage & Emerson) advertise that tenants can have as many as 2 dogs? Why are they allowed to ignore the dog-count ordinance? For the record, I personally feel that the ordinance should be changed to permit two dogs in multi-units that allow dogs, but I don't understand the disparity. Seems unfair to owners & landlords who may compete with these newer buildings for renters/condo buyers..

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