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On Monday, January 22, the Roseburg City Council will consider the adoption of multiple changes to their animal control laws – including new limitations on the number of dogs and cats a city resident may possess.  Residents are encouraged to express their opposition to the proposal (scroll down for more information).


As currently written, the proposal would:

  • Limit the number of dogs a city resident may possess to 4 and the number of cats to 6.
  • A dog found at large and entered into the city’s animal shelter system could either be resold or euthanized after 72 or 120 hours, depending on its licensing status.
  • City residents would be forced to report relatively minor “bites” from a dog or puppy that really do not indicate that a dog is dangerous.
  • A pet dog or cat who may have bitten a small rodent (or similar animal) on the city resident’s own property would be considered a violation to the city’s nuisance laws.

What You Can Do:

Attend the January 22, 2024, Roseburg City Council meeting in person or online and respectfully express your opposition to these provisions, particularly to the limitations on the number of dogs and cats a resident may possess. Remind the Councilors that arbitrary limits on the number of pets a city resident may own is in no way indicative of whether someone is a responsible pet owner or not. View AKC’s printable handout for additional talking points on the problems with ownership limit laws.

If you can’t attend the meeting, you can also submit your opposition to the proposal by emailing before noon on Monday, January 22.

The proposal will be discussed on:

Monday, January 22, 2024, at 7:00 PM

Roseburg City Council

City Council Chambers, City Hall

900 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon 97470


To participate virtually: Contact the City Recorder by phone (541) 492-6866 or email ( by 12:00 p.m. the day of the meeting to get a link to the meeting.

Provide your name, address, phone number and which item on the agenda you wish to speak— Ordinance No. 3596

Note: Public Online Access: City website at or on Facebook Live at


AKC GR will provide updates as warranted on next steps in the coming weeks. For questions or more information on Oregon legislation, contact AKC GR at