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Old 01-06-2007, 03:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Mayor signs dangerous dog ordinance into law (Louisville, KY)

Mayor signs dangerous dog ordinance into law

Jan 4, 2007 05:30 PM CST

(LOUISVILLE) -- Weeks after an all-night session to get the dangerous animal ordinance in writing, Mayor Jerry Abramson has signed it into law. The new law contains many provisions that some animal owners may not be aware of. WAVE 3's Maureen Kyle investigates.

After signing the ordinance Thursday, the mayor had this to say: "Is it a perfect ordinance? I would submit to you that it is not. It is a work in progress. Is it better than what we've had in the past? I would submit to you that it is better than what we've had in the past."

The "work in progress" became law with the mayor's signature Thursday afternoon. It is effective immediately.

But working out the kinks will take time, and pet owners will have a 90-day grace period to comply with the new regulations.

Those include registering unlicensed dogs, keeping unaltered dogs on a 4-foot leash and paying $50 in licensing fees for unaltered dogs.

The jump in price outraged many dog owners, but Mayor Abramson says the average dog owner won't see much of a change.

"You know the licensing fee hasn't changed in 10 years," Abramson said, "and it's going from $7 to $9.

The Metro Council decided to draft the new ordinance after dog attacks that killed two people. In an effort to cut down on vicious attacks, Metro Animal Services will now be able to capture canines they deem dangerous under the new law.
Animal Services Director Dr. Gilles Meloche says that's a big departure from earlier laws.

"In the past, dangerous dog has barely touched in the sense that, if somebody is mauled ... we would declare the dog dangerous But most of the time, we didn't have to declare the dog dangerous, because the dog was surrendered to us and it was euthanized. But the difference is that sometimes we knew that the dog would finally bite."

Mayor Abramson says he will rely a lot on Meloche's reports while these new regulations go into effect.

If your dog isn't licensed after the 90-day grace period, the city will give you a warning. You'll then have seven days to comply.

If you'd like to read the animal ordinance in its entirety, visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroCou...tTo/Find+most-

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It appears that this is across the board and appears to be very justified.
Nothing but a positive for all involved.
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Old 01-16-2007, 08:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
 

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It's not as rosy as it seems...here's some posts from a local forum...

it is too late to move the 2007 dog show, but the 2008 dog show is in negotiations with Lexington, specifically because of this new ordinance.

i got a memo from my dogs breeder, who generally attends the show here in louisville.

It is a poorly written law...

did you know if you use a chain/training collar they can take your dog away from you for abuse?

If you are in the park, and they decide you can not control your dog... it can be taken...

if it is off lead, they have the right to take it.

and any dog picked up by LMAS will be spayed or neutered before being returned to its owner.

Explain that one to the people who bring their show dogs from out of state to the show here in louisville.

Vetrinarians, will be required to turn over all records of Rabies vaccinations. Can you imagine the up roar if your pediatrician was required to turn all your childs medical records over to the local government....

There are even worse things in that new law--the penalties for even the tiniest infractions are worse than what a drunk driver faces!

For example, you can GO TO JAIL for a year for:

*walking your unaltered dog on a 6 foot leash instead of a 4 foot leash. (91.001 Restraint (3)(iii); 91.0202(A)(2); 91.999(A)]

*failing to notify the director that you dropped your unaltered dog at the groomers. [91.0201(D); 91.999(A)]

*dissecting a frog in a biology class at any level. [91.059; 91.999(A)]

*keeping your horse in a pasture with a run-in shed that has a dirt floor. [91.050(A); 91.999(A)]

There are so many vague provisions in this law it is impossible to know what is ok and what is not.
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Dozens bark at mayor about new dog law
By Joseph Gerth
[email protected] journal.com
The Courier-Journal


Nearly 200 people showed up at Mayor Jerry Abramson’s monthly town meeting Tuesday night — most of them to tell him they don’t like Louisville’s new dog ordinance.

A group of dog lovers paid for advertisements on a radio station to urge dog enthusiasts to attend the meeting in the auditorium at Moore High School.

For an hour and a half Abramson fielded questions about the new law from people who stood in line to query him or berate him.

Then he stood before a group of about 80 people for 45 additional minutes, answering questions thrown at him.

One woman told him the new law would require her to report to Metro Animal Services and get approval if her unaltered dog was to spend more than three nights away from home.

“I will go on record that that is an unreasonable thing,” Abramson responded.

Jackie Gulbe, a spokeswoman for Animal Services, said the ordinance could be interpreted that way but that her agency would not do so — and would not require such approval.

Abramson also said some Metro Council members already are working on amending the ordinance to rescind a provision requiring that all impounded dogs be spayed or neutered.

He said he expects other amendments to follow.

Abramson reiterated his comments in recent weeks that the law would be enforced using common sense.

But Pam Sweiss, who raises American Staffordshire terriers, a type of dog commonly referred to as a pit bull, wasn’t pleased.

She said the law should be changed rather than ignored by enforcement officers.

“I’ve always been legal,” Sweiss said. “I don’t want to be a little bit illegal.”

The ordinance gives animal control officers additional investigative powers and increases licensing fees for dogs.

It also limits the number of dogs people can keep outdoors on lots of less than two acres, and sets higher licensing fees for dogs and cats that have not been spayed or neutered.

In the nearly 100 pages of the ordinance, there are dozens of new provisions that didn’t appear in the old animal law.

Melody Smith complained that she has four mixed-breed dogs and that she would be required to decide which one to get rid of, since her property is just shy of one-half acre.

The law limits has a limit of three outdoor dogs on lots that size.

“I can’t see how my having four dogs gets at the problem they were trying to address,” Smith said.

James and Barbara Russell, however, came to thank Abramson for signing the ordinance.

The Russells, who live near the Bullitt County line, told him they have a neighbor with a St. Bernard that barks incessantly.

James Russell blamed the dog for his wife’s heart attack and other problems.

“All I really want is a peace and quiet I’m entitled to,” he said.

Reporter Joseph Gerth can be reached at (502) 582-4702.

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