Owning a plethora of pooches has been banned in the city of Statham.

The Statham City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday limiting homeowners to three dogs.

Anyone with four or more dogs inside the city limits will now be considered a kennel and must comply to regulation and inspections by code enforcement officers, according to the ordinance.

“Anyone who presently has more than three dogs may keep them, but they may not replace them,” said City of Statham Mayor Robert Bridges.