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Local Residents Speak Up About Animal Control Ordinance

daviess co fiscal 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (10/29/13) - An ordinance establishing an animal control and protection policy finally passed in Thursday night’s Daviess County Fiscal Court meeting, but not without one last fight from local animal rehabilitation owners.

Judge Executive Al Mattingly listened as a few Daviess County residents weighed in on the matter.

Rescuer and resident Sheila Ray, questioned magistrates about whether her roosters would be restricted according to the ordinance. The ordinance is “absurd” in that a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations are exempt, and that a “backyard sanctuary is outlawed“, Ray said.

Mattingly continued to stand by his opinion that the ordinance was a “fair representation” of what the courts were trying to convey, saying that there would be no provisions for anyone to be grandfathered in, although he confirmed that animal control would be reactive, not proactive about the situation. They would not take the chickens away from her rental home if there were no complaints from her neighbors, he said.

John Austin of Saving Paws Animal Rescue Kentucky of Owensboro, said that the ordinance was an example of “government overreaching”. People, who rescue the animals, would also support local businesses like veterinary services and local retailers, he said.

Mattingly and the rest of the fiscal court judges accepted the comments, however, they concluded with a vote of, “Yes” the ordinance.

“There are some things in the ordinance that I don’t like; I think some of it goes too far,” Mattingly said. “(But), the best government is a government of compromise.”

The next Daviess County Fiscal Court Meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.

Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

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