The decision was reached when Henry Carroll met with Cumberland County Manager James Martin, Deputy County Attorney Harvey Raynor and other county officials.
Carroll, a 45-year-old Army veteran, owns three dachshund-poodle mixes, and he took in two others when his son, Pvt. Adam Carroll, deployed eight months ago from Fort Campbell, Ky.
Soon after Carroll took in the dogs, a neighbor complained and said the animals often barked late at night.
Cumberland County limits residents to owning three dogs. Anybody with more than three dogs needs a permit to operate a kennel.
County officials said they would amend the ordinance . The proposed change would allow for up to six dogs if people could document that the extra three were being cared for temporarily.
The change would take into consideration circumstances like deployments or hospital stays.
Officials said the amended ordinance, which has to be approved by the Board of Commissioners, could be in place in 60 days.