Livingston Passes Vicious Dog Ordinance
By WestKyStar Staff
SMITHLAND, KY - A new vicious dog ordinance has been passed in Livingston County.
The Livingston Fiscal Court unanimously passed the second reading of the ordinance at the Livingston County Judicial Center Tuesday.
Judge Executive Chris Lasher told the Paducah Sun that over the past two years there have been six attacks on humans, four attacks on other animals, 24 harassment incidents and 31 reports of aggressive unleashed dogs in Livingston County.
There will be a 60 day grace period for animal owners to comply with the new ordinance, which mandates a $25 annual registration fee, proof of vaccinations and sterilization, and a background check. Restricted breeds must be equipped with an electronic monitoring chip, and owners of those breeds must purchase a minimum of $50,000 worth of liability insurance.
The ordinance also prohibits felons from owning certain dogs for 10 years following a conviction, including puppies over the age of 24 weeks that haven’t been spayed or neutered, and any dog over 20 pounds.
A vicious dog registry, listing the names and addresses of pet owners, will also be created under the new ordinance. Show dogs that are registered with the American Kennel Club will be exempt if owners can provide the dog’s AKC registration.
If residents are unable to comply with the ordinance within the grace period, their animals will be confiscated.