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Homeowners may have to choose between pets or home

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

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Some Central Kentucky homeowners are wondering if they'll soon have to make a difficult decision, whether to keep their pets or find a new place to live.

A developer has sent letters to homeowners, telling them how many pets they can have, and which breeds of dogs aren't allowed in their own homes.

Jake, a Pit bull and lab mix, has been a part of James Parker's family for the last 10 years.

"My family loves animals and loves dogs," says Parker.

The Parkers live in the Sutton Place developments in Georgetown, and earlier this week, they say the neighborhood received a letter from the developer, Dennis Anderson, identifying changes to the deed that may mean three of the Parker's four dogs can no longer live with them.

According to these new amendments, households would be limited to three pets, and it would prohibit certain breeds, many that already live in these homes.

The prohibited breeds include German Shepherds, Great Danes, Chows, Pit bulls, St. Bernards, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Doberman Pinschers, Alaskan Malamutes, Akitas and Huskies as well as dogs with characteristics of those breeds. Pet owner or not, it's causing quite a stir.

"I don't know how they can do that," says a Sutton Place homeowner, Janet Walter.

It's still unclear what prompted the amendment and what consequences are to non-compliance, but for Parker, one thing is certain, his pets aren't leaving without him.

"They will have to buy my house from me, because I'm not leaving my dog," says Parker.

The Scott County Clerk's office says the amendments have not been filed with them yet.

Calls to the developer, Dennis Anderson, were not returned.


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