Area pet owners may be affected by a change made Tuesday regarding the number of pets allowed in Shawnee homes.

Area pet owners may be affected by a change made Tuesday regarding the number of pets allowed in Shawnee homes.

Shawnee City Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance amending portions of the City Code regarding animals, by setting the maximum allowable number of owned or possessed dogs and cats on a premise or lot basis — no longer on an individual basis.

Shawnee Police Chief Mason Wilson said the current code allows each individual city resident to own up to two dogs and/or cats. The amendment changes the allowance to two dogs and/or cats per residence or lot.

“If you have 10 people living in the same residence, you could end up with 20 dogs at that residence and it's okay under the current code,” Wilson said. “It's somewhat contradictory with our kennel licensing statute,” he said.

The new code would limit the address to just two — correcting the issue, Wilson said.

Another option for those wishing to keep more pets is still available.

“There's also kennel licensing, if you want that,” he added.

For more information about the Animal Shelter, visit shawneeok.org.

Watch for more information about how the change may affect current pet owners.

Other code changes

The board approved an ordinance amending the City Code, regulating “Petit Larceny-Generally,” by defining the offense as property taken from another in an amount less than $1,000, and aligning with state statute.

Commissioners also unanimously approved an ordinance, regulating “Truancy” and replacing it with language that corresponds with the state statute that regulates the same.

These two code changes are an effort to come into compliance with recent changes in Oklahoma statutes.

“(Shawnee's code) will mirror state law,” Wilson said.