Vicious animal ordinance passes unanimously in Livingston County


Reporter - Elizabeth Fields
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Ky. - After months of deliberation and a short debate, Livingston County Fiscal Court Members voted unanimously to pass a restricted dogs and vicious animals ordinance.

Supporters say it's designed to keep people safe by requiring owners of specific breeds like pit bulls and rottweilers to register, microchip, and insure their animals.

Opponents say it's discrimination and only going to punish everyone instead of just those irresponsible pet owners.

Karla Scott is one of those opponents. She wanted to see the demographics of dog attacks and said county leaders aren't listening.

"This is just adding more burden on our county that we can't afford," she said.

Judge Executive Chris Lasher said in the meeting that he believes it's a step in the right direction and will actually help them address owners who aren't good pet owners.

Owners have 60 days to meet the requirements of the ordinance.