(A)   Not more than two dogs or two cats shall be allowed in the residence or apartment of the owner who has custody of a dog or cat.  Any residence may contain both two dogs and two cats.
   (B)   The owner or person who has custody of a dog or cat may retain the puppies or kittens, born of the dog or cat exceeding the permissible numbers set forth in division (A) above for 12 weeks after the birth of the animals. If after that time, there are more than two dogs and two cats in any one residence or apartment, the owner or person in custody of the dogs or cats will be in violation of this subchapter.
   (C)   Any person who lawfully owned more than two dogs or two cats prior to the enactment of this subchapter may retain his or her animals, provided he or she retains a special permit from the Chief of Police.  The special permit shall be for a term of one year and no renewal shall be issued without subsequent inspection.  If for any reason an animal is lost, sold, given away or dies and there still remains in the residence or apartment two or more dogs or two or more cats there can be no replacement of the lost, sold, given or deceased animal.  A special permit shall be issued if after an inspection it is determined by the Chief of Police or his or her representative that:
      (1)   The animals in the owner’s possession are not creating a nuisance;
      (2)   There is adequate waste disposal; and
      (3)   There is no hazard to public safety, health and welfare.
(1983 Code, § 5-2-5)  Penalty, see § 90.99