At Monday nights meeting, Flemingsburg Kentucky City Council voted unanimously to alter their current breed discriminatory ordinance, which regulates pit bulls, to a complete ban.
Members of the council cite complaints from their constituents about dogs at large as the reason for the change. Once again, a municipality has instituted a breed specific ordinance that has failed to increase the overall safety of the community. Instead of recognizing the ordinances failures and instituting strong breed neutral regulations, they choose instead to continue to waste resources on targeting dogs based on their appearance.
All dogs deemed to be a targeted dog would have to be removed 30 days after the passage of the proposal. A fine of $250 accompanies the loss of the dog.
All members of the community should be concerned about the current state of animal control. Proper reform will finally begin with officials abandoning the breed discriminatory laws and instituting a strong owner based law that would provide hefty penalties for non-compliance and a more easily enforceable standard. The community will find much more of the animal control resources available to address problem owners when they stop targeting dogs based on appearance.
Flemingsburg residents and locals: The second reading of the ordinance will be on June 10th. Reach out, politely, to officials to offer breed neutral alternatives, that would increase public safety and keep animal control funds where they need to be.
Often officials do not know what they are doing in crafting these ordinances. It is up to those of us who are knowledgeable to help point them in the direction of effective laws.
Contact information for the council is spotty. Some of the Council members have chosen to not provide contact information but others have.
City Clerk Joy Roark: firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Member Meredith Story: MLSTORY@windstream.ne
Council Member Scott Manning: (606) 845-6301
Council Member Van Alexander: (606) 845-1531