Tough New Dog Law Proposed In Lincoln County

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

Tuesday is a big day for dog owners in Lincoln County. The Lincoln Fiscal will complete the second reading of a revised dog ordinance. The ordinance seeks to crack down on: habitually noisy dogs, animals that bite adults or children, roam into neighbors' yards, rifle through trash, and become a public nusuiance.

Dogs who meet that criteria can be picked up and impounded at anytime by the dog warden. Once impounded, the dog's owner has seven days to reclaim the animal for a fee. After seven days, anyone can adopt the animal; up until ten days. After the tenth day, the dog could be euthanized.

Euthanasia is an option mentioned several times in the revised ordiance. Impounded animals who are injured or have infectious diseases could also be killed--even before the 10 day wait period.

The ordiance includes many other provisions to provide public safety from animals deemed to be a nuisance.

The Fiscal court meeting to vote this new ordinance could be voted into law is Tuesday, March 11th beginning at 9 a.m. in Stanford.


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  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Mar 11, 2008 at 03:06 PM
    @c Location: fkt Since your so big on noise ordanances why not make a law that if your kids can be heard from 1/10th a mile away the parents are fined? Or how about letting your kids walk the streets when they are only 5 or 8 yrs old? Shouldnt we protect them from their parents? Also if your teen kid knocks up some teen girl shouldnt you be fined for allowing him to bother some one else? Dogs are dogs kids are kids. Tryin to make them anythign else is just folling yourself and tryin to go against nature.
  • by JD Location: Lexington on Mar 11, 2008 at 09:10 AM
    Cats do not scratch unless they do so in self defense or in play. Cats hiss when they feel threatened.Cats are in garbage looking for food because cruel people like you chase them away and cruel landlords refuse to allow people to have pets. Backward counties refuse to do spay/neutering. Euthanesia is more expensive than TNR and does not address the overpopulation problem. EUTHANESIA HAS NEVER SOLVED OVERPOPULATION AND WILL NEVER DO SO!!! Spay/neutering and TNR are the only viable, as well as least expensive solution.
  • by KG Location: KY on Mar 11, 2008 at 08:22 AM
    I think the ordinance has great intentions, however, I am a dog owner and while it is annoying that they bark, I realize that is what they do. For you to say they bark for "no reason", maybe it is of no reason to you, but Im sure it is a reason to them. I agree whole heartedly with making owners be responsible for their pet, but I do not support punishing a dog for being a dog and parking. And also, who are you to say that 3 dogs is too many for life in the city. Are you taking care of them?
  • by Tom Location: Crab Orchard, KY on Mar 11, 2008 at 08:15 AM
    i think we need to make shooting domestic cats LEGAL just as other states have done. I hate those stupid things. Why does people get cats, and let them outside to roam and crap in other peoples yards? They become other peoples problems. Lets starting hunting them. I already do!
  • by David Location: Ky on Mar 11, 2008 at 07:19 AM
    What about the annoying cats that get into garbage and run the streets free scratching kids hissing at people and aggravating the dogs and making them bark.
  • by c Location: fkt on Mar 11, 2008 at 06:07 AM
    Congradulations to Lincoln County! Finally a government body with some sense! If dog owners cannot or will not be responsible for the actions of their dogs, then it's about time that someone force them to do so! I wish Frankfort would adopt a similar ordinance. I'm sick & tired of hearing my neighbors dogs bark day & night for no reason. I've complained to the officials & they REFUSE to do anything about it! My neighbor has 3 big dogs which I think is at least one too many for life in the city! Again I'm glad someone in government has some sense to protect humans against animals and their irresponisble owners!

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