Dogs Up For Debate In Lexington

Lexington residents got the chance to lets loose on the city's dog laws Tuesday night. About 35 people came out to the meeting of the Mayor's dog task force at the Government Center.

Several talked about problems with dogs in their neighborhoods and several others affiliated with dog-related organizations offered their opinions. The issues of barking dogs and dogs running loose dominated the meeting.

The task force is devoted to the issues of barking, kennel and leash laws and ordinances, and Animal Care and Control staffing. Task force chairman Kevin Stinnett, who is the Sixth District Urban County Councilman, said the task force plans to submit recommendations pertaining to these issues to the council in early November.

Lexington Humane Society executive director Bert Hawkins, who is a member of the task force, told the audience that the local Animal Care and Control unit has only six officers to respond to complaints. Securing sufficient Animal Care and Control staffing is one of Stinnett's major task force goals.

Fayette County Attorney Larry Roberts also says you can file complaints with his office and he'll try to help you out.