On Wednesday 12/20/2006 at 3:45 a.m., Louisville Democrats rammed through an anti-pet ordinance that rivals laws all over the country for its sheer arrogance. This is not an anti-pitbull ordinance. It is an Anti-Pet ordinance. It strips property rights from owners, and grants the Director of LMAS (who also just happens to not be a U.S. citizen) the power to determine whether you may own your animal or not. It includes pet limits, vague nuisance provisions, and makes it next to impossible to keep an intact dog.
Here are some of the provisions:
1) There is no grandfather clause. If you currently own more dogs than are permitted for your lot size (No more than 3 dogs if you have .5 acres or less). If you’re over the limit, you are out of luck and out of compliance.
2) All unaltered (spayed/neutered) dogs must be in an enclosure that has been *approved in writing* by the Director of Louisville Metro Animal Services.
3) If you trail ride in the park, you must carry with you a "suitable device for the picking up, collection and proper sanitary disposal" of any manure dropped by your horse. Further, you must actually dismount, collect said manure, and dispose of it while maintaining control of your horse.
4) Vets are required to turn over their rabies shot records to LMAS so that dogs which got a rabies vax but not a license can be impounded.. They are also required to notify their clients of the provisions of this 94+ page ordinance.
5) All unaltered dogs must be microchipped. (There are new studies out that show a link between microchips and cancer, by the way--several of them.)
6) If you show your unaltered dog, and travel with it for more than 3 days, you must notify the Director as to the change in location of your unaltered dog.
7) If you sell, give away, or board (yes, board) your unaltered dog, you must notify the Director.
8) You may not purchase an unaltered dog without the written permission of the Director.
9) Revaccination/relicensing requirement for all dogs/cats removed from a kennel or cattery at any time.
10) Prohibits use of invisible fencing for unaltered dogs.
11) Mandates spay/neuter for any unaltered dog that is impounded for any reason before the owner can reclaim the dog.
12) If any of your animals (not just dogs) “irritates” or “perturbs” anyone twice within a 5 year period, you will be forced to give up ALL of your animals and will be prohibited from owning animals again for 2 years.
13) Prohibits ownership of ANY animals by anyone who has two violations within 5 years-no matter how minor.
14) Requires reporting of all sales of all dogs, with buyers name & address to be sent to MAS, even if buyer is not local.
15) If you have more than one unaltered pet, of any species, then you will need a $300 Animal Dealer’s license to sell any offspring of your current pets. This includes gerbils, mice, ferrets as well as dogs and cats.
16) Every time you pick up your dog, cat, or ferret from a kennel—even a boarding kennel, you must get it relicensed and revaccinated against rabies!
Wow. I said a lot of bad words when I was reading that.
Is that a joke? Do they realize how much unnecessary paperwork they're burying this "Director" in?
And what is preventing an obnoxious drama oriented neighbor from maliciously reporting someone's dog as irritating just for the hell of it?
Seems really dang steep to me, almost unbelievable.
I feel especially bad for anyone with more than their "allowed" number of dogs that won't be grandfathered in. I wonder if they give a hoot about the fact that they'll be causing a lot of homeless pet situations, leading to an over flow of shelters and euthanizations of pets who had loving homes to begin with, because technically, it would be THEIR fault.
Craptastic, I say.
I understand that some laws are necessary, but these laws are borderline irresponsible, ridiculous, and well, pretty dang ridiculous, imo.
"15) If you have more than one unaltered pet, of any species, then you will need a $300 Animal Dealer’s license to sell any offspring of your current pets. This includes gerbils, mice, ferrets as well as dogs and cats."
I wonder how much the local vets charge to neuter a gerbil. :) lols.
***Edited By: Lorrix on 1/2/2007 3:59:53 PM*** Reason: kk
I'm not from Louisville, but I'm thinking the city limits don't extend very far into the country, or that there are very many hobby breeders within the city limits. The ordinance itself doesn't really look like KookyTown to me, the way the article about the ordinance makes it seem. Making the owners of unaltered dogs keep them enclosed or on a short leash -- it's not like they're saying you have to register your assault weapons or something. Sheesh.
JoanEK my family is from Louisville and they HATE this ordinance. You'd be surprised how many dog owners are in the city and are up in arms about this. Regarding the dog ownership, many houses within the metro area are larger tahn 0.5 acres and people have to get rid of their dogs because of this, if they have more than 3. The Metro Louisville area is a HUGE area, and encompasses pretty much all of Jefferson County, in Kentucky.
Not to mention if you havea dog that's classified as a 'pit bull' type dog, you're basically screwed.
If you take your show dog (any breed) to a dog show in Louisville, and your dog escapes or is let loose for any reason, animal control can and will require that you have your dog spayed/neutered before they will release it to you... never mind that you arent' from louisville. Law proponents say that the muzzle, 100k insurance, etc won'ta pply to staffordshire terrier owners when they are showing their dogs, but that is while the dog is on SHOW GROUNDS. WHen the dog is off of show property (um, which is where all the hotels are) they will be subject to the same laws as the citiznes in the metro louisville area.
Here's another gem of a quote from the ordinance. "Every female dog or cat in heat shall be confined in a building or secure enclosure in such manner that such female dog or cat cannot come into contact with another animal except for a planned breeding."
So if you have a female dog, that has gone into heat... it cannot come into contact wtih ANY other animal, bird, altered dog, spayed cat, etc except for the male it's suspposed to be bred with." That's just freaking crazy.
If you've shown your dog one time within the previous 12 months, your household is now considered to be a class b kennel, and you have to fork over the money to be licensed as such.
Since my family lives in the area, I had actually planned on taking Riddick to the Louisville Kennel club shows, which are numerially the largest shows in the entire US... I think I will pass now, and just go up to visit relatives.
Everything in the ordinance that applies to a boarding spells it out as "boarding kennel." That other interpretation doesn't make sense, and in context seems to be talking about situations where ownership of the animal shifts. And that provision would say "boarding kennel" if that's what it meant. That's one of the reason that at the beginning of the document there's a glossary spelling out what they mean by the terms they're using.
Minniyar, does the ordinance cover the whole metro Louisville area, or only the city limits? Or are they identical? It sounds like owners of really small dogs would be the most put out by this, if the law doesn't account for smaller dogs needing less room.
ps: just answered my own question. It's the whole metro area that's included.
***Edited By: JoanEK on 1/2/2007 5:07:29 PM*** Reason: added
Ok so kennel is that context means breeding. Ok than. It says that any animal 4 mths old or older has to be vaccinated for rabies. I get that but it for whatever reason that dog is there till it is 6 mths old than it has to be revaccinated when it transfers ownership. So thats twice in one year. To me thats absurd.
Looking at the definitions of terms in the ordinance it does not have a definition just for a kennel it says:
BOARDING KENNEL or CATTERY. Any establishment where dogs, cats, puppies, or kittens are kept for the purpose of boarding for any part of a 24-hour period. This includes veterinary hospitals and clinics or grooming shops that advertise boarding services other than for treatment, diagnostic, or recuperative purposes, or for grooming.
CLASS A KENNEL or CATTERY. Any establishment where dogs and/or puppies or cats and/or kittens are kept for the primary purpose of breeding, buying, or selling such animals and which establishment is so constructed that the dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens cannot stray therefrom. The Class A Kennel or Cattery license shall apply to up to five dogs or cats and shall require an additional Class A Kennel or Cattery license for each increment of up to five dogs or cats.
CLASS B KENNEL or CATTERY. Any establishment where dogs, puppies, cats, or kittens are kept for the primary purpose of showing (including but not limited to field trial competition, hunting trial competition, herding, conformation, and obedience competition) and which establishment is so constructed that the dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens cannot stray therefrom. The primary purpose shall be determined by verifying the participation of one or more of the housed animals in a sanctioned competition in the preceding 12 months. The license shall apply to up to five dogs and cats. Animals in excess of five shall be licensed individually.
CLASS C KENNEL or CATTERY. Any establishment where dogs or puppies are kept for the primary purpose of training for guard, sentry, field, obedience, whether gratuitously or for a fee. A Class C Kennel may also offer boarding services if the boarding occurs at the same location with no additional boarding kennel license required, except that an additional boarding kennel license shall be required when the facility reaches a maximum of twenty-five dogs and cats.
CAn you show me someone within the ordinance where it has anything specifically about boarding kennels?
You know how they say that interesting cases make for bad laws... Have there been a slew of "interesting cases" in Louisville that had the public up in arms about out-of-control dogs lately? Unattended dogs attacking children, bad shelter conditions exposed, or something like that? These laws don't have much public support when there's nothing much giving rise to them.
I just don't see how something like this got passed.
There's too much potential for problems.
For example, like I mentioned before, if you have a jerk of a neighbor, the door just got way opened for them to not only cause problems if they don't like you, but they can cause enough problems that you could have your pets taken away.
What do they plan to do for the families who have more than three dogs and will be forced to part with them? Put the "extra" pets in shelters to be euthanized? Hope that someone adopts these pets that already had homes?
What kind of game plan have they set in place to deal with the fall out that will occur from this? There seems to be no thought of the well being of these pets.
These rabies/shots requirements...if you're someone who travels a lot for business or deals with boarding a lot, is it really healthy or safe for them to require shots every time your pet is boarded? What ever happened to trusting the documentation provided by vets stating that your animal has been vaccinated?
There's too many paperwork requirements, too many possibilities for paperwork to get lost in the shuffle. Who is this "Director" that you have to report to every time your dog takes a poo, and do they realize how much work they will be required to take on?
It doesn't seem like much sense or thought went into this. Sounds to me like it was written by someone who had a neighbors cat pee in their rosebushes or something and was hell bent on revenge.
It seems like it's written with the assumption that all animal owners are bad, and that all pets are evil, and I'm interested in knowing what recourse pet owners have to protect themselves, because it seems awful one-sided to me.
How on earth did this pass?
And most importantly, what are people going to do to get it changed?
***Edited By: Lorrix on 1/2/2007 6:56:14 PM*** Reason: kk