Apparently, the City (and County) of San Diego have laws on the books that state that there is no pet limit for cats in their community -- and a pet limit of 6 dogs (more than that is a "kennel" which is not allowed in residential areas).
The will prosecute cruelty based on the conditions that the animals are in, but not based on an arbitrary number.
The result? They actually have had fewer "hoarding" busts than LA City or County - and a higher live save rate than LA City or County (in spite of having similar intake numbers).
LA Animal Watch has the numbers -- which leads to the obvious question, if animals are well-cared-for and not a nuessance to neighbors because of noise/smell, why would we impose an arbitrary limit?
Many cities in Kansas City limit the number of pets to 2 or 3. Seems like following the successes of other cities, that raising these limits (or getting rid of them altogether), could save a lot of time for animal control officers, and help relieve some stress on the shelter environment.
Set pet limit numbers are arbitrary -- being sure animals are well-cared for should be the goal.