County leaders push for local animal protection ordinance

It's time to protect our animals: The Lyon County Fiscal Court is working to adopt an ordinance that would protect domestic animals from abuse in the county.

While there are state laws protecting against animal cruelty, county leaders say prosecuting and dealing with animal issues on the state level can take some time. So, they want to make sure the county has the means, through an ordinance, to act quickly.

Lyon County Judge Executive Wade White says that "a lot of times these issues can be very slow, and if the health of the dog is on the line we can act quicker."

The ordinance covers impounding, euthanasia, penalties and citations. White says the first reading of the ordinance will be next Thursday, Aug. 13, and he encourages anyone interested to read it and voice their input.

Lyon County Animal Control director says the county has a good system with a neighboring shelter and even works to reunite lost animals with their owners via social media. He says the ordinance would really encourage people to take greater care.

The ordinance covers domestic dogs, cats and horses. McCracken County also has a county-wide animal control ordinance.

You can read the ordinance for Lyon County here.

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