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We love our animals and they quickly become very special members of our families. It is important to care for your animals by giving them a safe and clean place to live. Allowing your animal to roam away from home puts them in danger of getting lost or stolen, and becomes an inconvenience to the neighbors.

The Rochester Hills Code (RH Section 138-1073) regulating animals allows:
  1. Common household pets such as dogs, cats, etc., as long as there are not more than three of any one species permanently boarded or kept.
  2. Livestock, so long as there are no more than three animals, and the parcel or lot shall be at least two acres in size.
  3. Poultry, if there are no more than 12, and the parcel or lot is in excess of one acre. 

Other related requirements
The Rochester Hills Code (Chapter 14-76) requires that all dogs 6 months of age or older be licensed. Licenses can be obtained in the Treasurer's office. 

The Rochester Hills Code (Chapter 14-42) prohibits the owner of any dog from allowing the dog to disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood by barking and making other loud or unusual noises. 

The Rochester Hills Code (Chapter 14-43) prohibits the owner of any dog to allow the dog to run at large in the city unless such dog is under the immediate control of its owner or an immediate member of the family. Immediate control means the dog shall be on a leash of suitable strength, held by a person able to control the dog.

The Rochester Hills Code (Chapter 14-12) requires the owner of any dog to clean up after the dog and properly dispose of the dog waste, when walking the dog on a public right-of-way. 

The Rochester Hills Code (Chapter 14-6) requires that the owner not allow the place where an animal may be kept to become unclean or unwholesome to an extent that it becomes a health problem or nuisance to abutting residences.

For a complete reading of the ordinance see Municode Chapter 14, Articles 1 and 2.

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