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Councilwoman Hamilton moves forward with ordinance to deal with unaltered pit bulls and dangerous dogs

Monday August 21, 2006

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

Louisville—Citing public safety concerns and a growing number of pit bull attacks in Metro Louisville, Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5 is moving forward with a revised animal control ordinance.

“The focus of our attention is public safety and responsible pet ownership,” said Hamilton at a morning news conference announcing the proposed law. “If you are a responsible pet owner, you have nothing to fear from this ordinance.”

Hamilton spoke at the corner of Ash and McHenry Street, which was the location of a recent pit bull attack involving an animal less than ten days ago.

The proposed ordinance came about after complaints about pit bulls began increase all over Metro Louisville. In November of 2005, on two separate occasions, a 14 month old child and 60 year old man were attack by pit bulls.

Both died following the attacks.

Here are key points of the proposed ordinance:

  • Higher fees and fines for unaltered pit bulls and other dogs determined dangerous or potentially dangerous
  • Tougher restrictions for enclosures and restrain for such dogs
  • More onsite enforcement ability for Metro Animal Services
  • All animals leaving MAS will be micro chipped
  • Fee discounts for responsible pet owners who license, spay and neuter, get rabies shots and obedience training
  • Decrease backyard breeding in selling of animals

Hamilton also denounced misinformation being circulated about the ordinance by groups opposed to it.

“Much of what we are proposing is a common sense approach to get a handle on a problem that is plaguing our community,” said Hamilton. “Let me say again, if you are a responsible pet owner you have nothing to worry about with this law. But the time has come to so something about this public safety issue.”

Hamilton will present the ordinance before the Government Administration Committee on Monday afternoon, August 21st, 2006. The Committee will meet at 4:00pm in the Council Chambers.

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5