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Until recently, Beatrice's zoning ordinances stated that anyone with three or more adult pets in their residence is considered a commercial kennel.

On Monday, the Beatrice City Council voted to amend the zoning ordinance so that it matches the city code, which says five or more adult pets is considered a commercial kennel.

Council member Ted Fairbanks said he is not against the amendment, but questioned the council's effort to change it.

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"This isn't something we enforce. Trust me, I've been in several locations in Beatrice that they have way more than five animals and are not a kennel."

City administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer said that there is a separate ordinance that limits the number of animals a residence can have, and that the ordinance the council is amending is considered a zoning issue.

"We can do a better job," Tempelmeyer said in regards to enforcing both ordinances. "We'll work on it."

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