It helps that half of them are smaller (under 30lbs)!
Yes and no, about the bylaws - there's a limit supposedly but since the county has no animal control, and nobody follows it. Besides, half these are county dogs so they are just happy I help them "clean up" so to speak
There's such a huge problem with stray animals out here in the county that many homes wind up with 5 or more dogs, and nobody says anything because it's one less dog for the Sheriff dept. to worry about.
When I was doing animal control for the PD, and to an extent, even now, I still do animal control FOR the county, I learned for a fact they do not enforce ANYTHING in the way of animals. They won't even prosecute a cruelty case should one present itself.
The only reason they ever go out on animal calls is if a dog bites someone or another animal, while off it's property, or kills livestock, or gets hit by a car or is found otherwise injured and they cannot logistically/safely shoot it on scene. Then they call Prosser, who calls me and I go put it down.
The mom dog we have right now, Sholo? The owner of the house where she was abandoned called the Sheriff dept. and they went out there and did NOTHING, about the dogs OR cats.
That's when the area rescues have to step in...
If we actually open a formal rescue on our own property (we rent right now) I will build a building/kennels and help county w/Animal Control and then apply for a license/permit.