They are cute and cuddly when they are pups or kittens, but having an animal for a pet is a huge responsibility. Sadly, it's one that many don't take seriously enough.

Some residents in Lubbock have forgotten some of the rules for pet ownership, so I thought it was time for a reminder.

Kelly Plasker

The City of Lubbock Animal Services Department website is a great resource for pet owners to review for frequently asked questions.

'How many animals can I have in one household?' seems to be a question that is either not asked enough, or the answer has been forgotten by many. The answer is simple, according to the City of Lubbock Animal Services Department:

The number of animals per household is 4 dogs and 4 cats with one litter under 16 weeks of age by City Ordnance. Four of each animal is the limit. Citizens may not use different combinations like 6 dogs and 2 cats and still have 8 animals. Four of each species is the limit.

Lubbock Animal Shelter has asked for help with reducing the number of animals in their facility. One way to do it is to make sure that you and your neighbors are abiding by the City of Lubbock ordinance regarding animals.

This ordinance is in place to not only protect the animals from potential abuse or neglect, but it also serves to assist with the overall animal population, which seems to be a growing problem for the City of Lubbock.

So if you know someone who is in violation of the animal ordinance, it might be time to speak up and let them know they could face a citation if caught.