Category Archives: Kentucky

Best Friends alerts for KY, OK and MA

Best Friends has issued alerts for residents of Kentucky, Oklahoma and Massachusetts. If you reside in one of these states, use Best Friends’ quick and easy letter writing tool to take action and let your voice be heard:


A bill has been proposed in the Oklahoma legislature that would authorize governing boards of incorporated municipalities to restrict ownership of any breed of dog within municipal limits. SB32 declares that an emergency exists, and the Bill is immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety. Oklahoma statute Title 4, §4-46 currently prohibits local, municipal and county authorities from regulating dogs based on breed.

OKLAHOMA RESIDENTS: Take a stand to protect your rights, your community, and your pets. Please let your state legislators know that you oppose OK SB 32.

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Boston officials have filed a bill that would reverse the provision on the recently enacted Animal Control Act that prohibits breed specific legislation in the state of Massachusetts.

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Earlier this year, the Kentucky Supreme Court interpreted Kentucky statutes as permitting a landlord to be held liable when a tenant’s dog attacks someone on our about the leased premises. In a plurality opinion, the Court determined that the landlord can be considered the statutory owner of the dog if the landlord has permitted the dog to be kept on the leased premises. A copy of the full opinion can be read here.

KENTUCKY RESIDENTS: Ask your legislators to pass HB 15 or HB 101 to help Kentucky renters keep their pets.

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Crab Orchard, KY – Laws Targeting Pit Bulls Discussed

Crab Orchard City Commissioners are discussing an ordinance that would regulate pit bulls, including a definition describing ‘what is’ a pit bull.

The discussions result from recent complaints from area residents as well as a dog-bite report involving a young girl (that dog was euthanized).

Mayor [Billy] Shelton stated that dangerous dogs are being kept by multiple people within [city] limits that provide too much freedom to the dogs or chain them outside while children are playing.

“Not all pit bulls are bad.  It’s the way they’re raised.  I’m sure if we had to, we could adopt an ordinance against them.”  Said Mayor Shelton.

The Mayor would prefer to see people use ‘common sense’ in caring for their dogs and keep the dangerous ones off the street or restrained rather than pass a new ordinance.

Crab Orchard City Clerk 
(606) 355-2394
224 Main St
Crab Orchard, KY 40419

Auburn, KY: City may lower insurance requirement (BSL)

Auburn, KY, has BSL that includes a requirement for “pit bull” owners to have $300,000 in liability insurance. This is one of the highest liability insurance requirements in the nation and has proven impossible for people to obtain. Consequently, Auburn is considering lowering the liability insurance requirement to $100,000.

Why not encourage Auburn to repeal its breed-specific law altogether?

Contact info for Auburn, KY
103 East Main Street, P.O. Box 465, Auburn, KY 42206
PH: (270) 542-4149
FX: (270) 542-4143
Auburn City Council meetings are held at Auburn City Hall on the 2nd Monday of every month at 6:00PM.

Auburn looks at lowering required insurance coverage for vicious dogs

by Chris Cooper Managing Editor

Owners of vicious dog breeds in the city of Auburn may have easier access to purchasing the required insurance coverage as specified in the city’s ordinance under registration of vicious dogs.

The city council entertained a request Monday, Dec. 12 by city police chief Ron Mills to amend the city’s current animal ordinance concerning vicious dogs. Mills asked to lower the requiring $300,000 worth of coverage down to $100,000 because it is impossible for dog owners to adhere to that request as there is no one who will supply that coverage. […]

Mills will bring the amendment to the city council in January and then it will have to have two readings before passage.

Full article retrieved 12/29/11 from

Franklin, KY: BSL passed

Franklin, KY, has passed BSL that declares “pit bulls” and Rottweilers to be automatically declared vicious dogs. Owners of these breeds are subject to restrictions on vicious dog ownership.

Mayor Ronnie Clark,
City Commission, 

Certain Dogs Now Considered Vicious in Franklin

Posted: 4:41 PM Oct 11, 2011
Reporter: Casey Wheeless

Some Franklin residents are upset over the new animal ordinance, which says Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, along with Wolf-Hybrid dogs are considered vicious animals. […]

Although the ordinance was passed this morning, the judge says he will review it again in a few months to see if changes should be made.

Full article retrieved 10/12/11 from

Junction City, KY: Breed ban suggested

Thanks to Jodi for this alert!

Junction City, Kentucky is considering a vicious dog ordinance that could target pit bulls, rottweilers, and German shepherds. Please send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE letters in opposition to breed specific legislation to the Junction City officials via Mayor Harper’s address and/or fax number. Contact information for the individual council members is not available.

Junction City, PO Box 326, Junction City, KY 40440
Phone: (859) 854-3900
Fax: (859) 854-3900
Send an email to council members via this form:

As the police chief is also researching ordinances, please direct your correspondence to him, as well:
Chief Merle Baldwin
Dept Phone: (859) 854-3900
Fax: (859) 854-3900

The city council meets the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. No date has been set as to when this issue will be heard again.

Junction to review vicious dog ordinance after chief’s request

11:00 a.m. EDT, August 17, 2011

JUNCTION CITY — Junction City Police Chief Merle Baldwin gave the City Council an idea to sink its teeth into at Tuesday’s meeting — a possible vicious dog ordinance.

Baldwin explained several residents have asked for the city to consider such a measure, which could issue harsher punishments to dogs that attack and/or ban residents from owning certain canine breeds. He and Councilman Lloyd Bowling agreed to study the issue and bring their findings before the council at a later date. […]

This summer, between five to 10 residents have called about threatening dogs and a possible vicious dog ordinance, which could prevent ownership of certain breeds, often including pit bulls, Rottweilers and German shepherds, he said.[…]

Full article retrieved 8/18/11 from,0,7223606.story

Independence, KY: Dog law stiffened in Kentucky town (not BSL)

Independence rejected breed-specific legislation. Previous alerts for Independence:

Dog law stiffened in Kentucky town

Associated Press
Nov. 3, 2009, 8:56AM

INDEPENDENCE, Ky. — Dogs will no longer get a “free bite” in Independence.

Officials in the northern Kentucky city put more teeth into the animal control ordinance on Monday by removing a provision that a dog couldn’t be declared vicious until after it bit someone.[…]

The new ordinance doesn’t specify any breed […]

Full article retrieved 11/4/09 from

Louisville, KY: Free ‘Snip And Chip’ For Pit Bulls

Free ‘Snip And Chip’ For Pit Bulls

POSTED: 3:16 pm EDT October 13, 2009

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As “Pit Bull Awareness Day” nears, the Kentucky Humane Society will offer free services to pit bull owners.

In honor of that day (Oct. 24), the Humane Society’s S.N.I.P. Clinic will host a “Snip & Chip” promotion to encourage pit bull owners to spay and neuter their dogs due to the breed’s overpopulation problem. The first 100 pit bulls or pit bull mixes with scheduled appointments will be spayed or neutered and microchipped for free Oct. 19-22.

[…] For more information, click here.