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Councilwoman Hamilton encouraged by initial results in new Animal Control Ordinance

Tuesday March 27, 2007

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
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Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
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In the first two months of this year, Metro Louisville’s new animal control ordinance has a little more than doubled licensing and revenues when compared to the same time last year.

“It appears the ordinance is working,” says Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5. “I am impressed with the numbers I have seen, especially in licensing.”

Hamilton was the primary sponsor of the ordinance. It was formally approved by the Council on December 19th by a vote of 16 to 9. The ordinance was signed into law by Mayor Jerry Abramson on January 4th of this year.

On Monday, Dr. Gilles Meloche, Director of Louisville Metro Animal Services, gave a preliminary report on the ordinance to the Council’s Public Safety Committee.

It tracked the months of January and February for 2007 and then compared the numbers to January and February of 2006.

In the first two months of last year, only 4,853 licenses had been issued. This year, the number is 10,011. The comparable revenues between the two years; 2006 only $45,515 had been collected for licenses. In 2007, the number is at $104,628.

“There were those who said if you make major changes and increase fees, there would be no incentive for pet owners who have not registered in the past to register now,” says Hamilton. “These early figures appear to tell a different story.”

Initially, revenues are up in all categories for LMAS. At least seven dogs have been declared dangerous under the new law. Service requests and investigations are also up.

“This is the first report on the impact of the ordinance,” said Council President Rick Blackwell (D) 12. “Although, the data is preliminary, these numbers support what the ordinance was designed to do, in particular, increase the number of licensed dogs and identify potentially dangerous dogs.”

Under the law, LMAS has granted an amnesty period that allows owners of unaltered dogs to purchase a license at the price of $35. The Amnesty period ends on April 5th. After that, the cost goes up to $50. Licenses for altered pets have already increased from $7 to $9.

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5
Rick Blackwell (D) 12