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Group Proposes Ordinance That Would Take Wild Animals Off The City Streets

Several months after police say a pack of wild dogs killed a deer on the streets of Prestonsburg, one group wants to make sure that does not happen again.

The group is proposing an ordinance to the city council that would take wild animals off the streets for good.

Organizers say the animals are out there, threatening children and pets.

They say they have to do something before another animal or person is hurt.

Brent Graden and his dog live not far from where police say a pack of wild dogs mauled a deer several months ago.

“We have to protect the public because that could have been a child,” Brent Graden said.

Graden says he sees other wild dogs and cats in the city.

Driving around, we found a dog by a street and a cat by a bridge.

They look harmless, but Graden and city council members say the wild animals are breeding and threatening people's safety, like the dogs who mauled the deer.

“We're taking steps to ensure that will never happen again,” Graden said.

He and others drafted an ordinance that would outlaw wild dogs or cats in city limits.

“We're not trying to hurt or scare any person that has dogs or cats and takes care of them, but we've got a lot of dogs and cats that run loose. It's hard to let your child out on a bicycle or on a walk in town with these dogs loose,” Kelly Moore said.

Under the ordinance, owners must register their pets with the city and pay a 12 dollar fee.

Their pet must wear a registration tag at all times.

Animal control officers will take animals without a tag to the shelter.

“We don't want a visitor coming here and get a pack of wild dogs after them,” Moore said.

“We're going to make it safe for pets. We're going to make it safe for the community at large. We're going to make it safe for the owners of those pets too,” Graden said.

We could not find anyone against the ordinance. The ordinance says the fees would go to the animal shelter.

Prestonsburg City Council will vote on the first reading at their meeting next Monday.

They say they want to hear public comments before voting.


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