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Final version of Animal Control ordinance available on line at

Thursday January 4, 2007

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate release:

Louisville – The final version of the Animal Control Ordinance passed on December 19th is available on line at

“I want to encourage everyone to read this final version,“ says Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5. “I hope this will clear up a great deal of confusion about this new law that has arisen since it was passed.”

The new law reenacts Chapter 91 of the Animal Control ordinances of Metro Louisville. It also includes revised provisions to deal with unaltered, dangerous and potentially dangerous dogs.

The new law was signed by Mayor Jerry Abramson on Thursday afternoon.

It was passed by the Metro Council on December 19th, 2006 by a vote of 16 to 8 in meeting that lasted for more than nine hours.

“A great deal of time and effort has been put into this new law,” says Hamilton. “Since it was passed many rumors have been circulated about what is in the law. Many of those rumors are not true.”

The final version of the law removed breed specific language, lowed fees for licensing unaltered dogs and removed the provision of $100,000 homeownership insurance required to own a pit bull or dangerous dog.

To read the new law, go to  and click on the Metro Council home page

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5