Dog lovers can soon add a third member to their canine family.
Abbotsford council has approved a recommendation to alter a city bylaw and increase the number of dogs allowed in a residence from two to three.
Manager of bylaw enforcement Gordon Ferguson told council the city is in the minority by allowing only two dogs per household. He said the majority of local districts allow three and he saw no significant problems arising from the increase.
Staff examined 19 districts and found 11 allowed three, seven allowed two and one (Port Moody) allowed four.
Coun. John Smith pointed out that by allowing more dogs per household, the city could see a small increase in revenue as more dog licences would be issued.
Currently, 8,500 dogs are licensed in Abbotsford each year.
There are no bylaws determining how many cats a household can own.