Amendments to the proposed
ordinance were provided
to the Metro Council only one hour before the meeting took place!
After an alleged
party-line battle by the democrat-controlled council which lasted
into the wee hours of the morning, the ordinance was finally amended
to remove breed specific language.
The remainder of the
ordinance seeks to control almost every aspect of animal ownership
including the prohibition of private ownership of exotic cats,
certain canids, snakes, rodents, marsupials, and other non-domestic
The sections of the
ordinance which apply to dogs are staggering.
The number of dogs a
citizen is permitted to own is based upon acreage.
A dog owner is permitted
(excluding puppies) to quarter 3 dogs outdoors on up to .5 acre; 7
dogs on up to 2 acres and no limit on tracts greater than 2 acres.
There is no definition of "quartered outdoors." thus no way to know
how long a dog can be outside before it becomes "quartered
Kennel standards are
established for owners of more than four dogs and inspections of
home kennels is required.
As any reputable hobby
breeder knows, early "pack" socialization and close contact with
humans is essential to puppy development yet there are requirements
preventing "unwanted contact" between intact pets. other pets, or anyone except the owner's family or kennel employees until the offspring are four months old, well beyond the optimum age of socialization.
Ironically, the definition of neglect says in part: "Failing to provide to a pet any social or human interaction that such pet is chronically isolated from any animal or human contact."
Intact animal licensing and breeder licensing is required. Breeders are required to report the sale of all litters, including brief description of all puppies.
Sales of all dogs must be reported to Metro Animal Services, including the buyer's name and address even if the buyer is not local.
The license number of the person offering to sell must be published in any electronic or print advertisement.
Licensed kennels, i.e., any promises where pets are kept for breeding or exhibiting, must be open during "reasonable hours" for unan-
nounced inspections by Metro Animal Services.
The ordinance grants Metro
Animal Services authority to enter private property without a
warrant and to seize animals without a court order. (In September,
2004, a similar provision was declared unconstitutional by the Ohio
required to report rabies immunization information to LMAS
(Louisville Metro Animal Services) so that unlicensed dogs can be
LMAS can also impound
dogs for "irritating" or "perturbing" ANYONE. The ordinance is
worded so that anyone who feels intimidated by the animal in any
way, even if the animal is on its own property or INSIDE the house
and simply barks at a passer-by can complain. It is then classified
as a "problem" dog.
This provides any person
who has a fear of dogs or a problem with you having dogs an opening
to see that you are forced to remove dogs from your property.