Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Fiscal Court Establishes Ordinance for Animal Control and Protection Policy

daviess co fiscal 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (10/2/13) - A local family has been fighting for their right to rescue and care for animals over the last few months, but now that the fight appears to be over after the Daviess County Fiscal Court introduced an ordinance establishing an Animal Control and Protection Policy at Tuesday’s meeting.

The ordinance was developed following recent disputes between homeowners who rescue animal and their neighbors who expressed complaints. Kristin Allen, whose voice that has become very familiar to county commissioners and Owensboro residents, was in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting. Many state officials including Animal Control, the Health Department, and Planning and Zoning Department have visited Allen’s home due to recent complaints from neighbors about her rescue animals.

The new ordinance concludes that parties can only possess non-domestic animals under a state-issue permit and under no circumstances may a person keep non-domestic animal on residential property of less than two acres, which would mean that the Allen’s will have to move some of their rescues to another location.

"I can still do what God asked me to do with this wildlife," Allen said.

The Fiscal Court started rewriting the ordinance in March and finished the morning of the meeting. The idea of the ordinance was brought about to distinguish between what is or isn’t considered a public nuisance. The document explained that a public nuisance was, as stated:

"Any animal that molests or chases passersby; a threatening or violent animal; an animal that trespasses, repeatedly at large; damages private or public property, barks, whines, mews, crow, cackles or howls excessively; allows offensive odors; has a virus, or is offensive to public health/safety."

"We tried to put all concerns and comments in balance with the rights of the rescuers and rehabilitators and the homeowners," Daviess County Judge Executive Al Mattingly said.

The question brought before the court many months ago was how to distinguish between pets and rescues? This was answered in a 16-page document explaining what animals and situations would be allowed in residential and farm areas. The ordinance explained that the Owensboro Metropolitan Zoning Ordinance would consider any real property defined as residential, and would then be considered by the Fiscal Court if the owner is in violation of the law. The next Daviess County Fiscal Court meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m.

Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

button coupons
button classifieds

In Other News...

Dawson Springs Police Reports Released

DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (11/24/14) — The Dawson Springs Police Department released the following arrest reports Monday,… Read More

Hopkinsville Man Charged With Murder

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (11/24/14) — The Hopkinsville Police Department has arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with the… Read More

Most Read This Week

November 21, 2014 6065

Man Accused of Assaulting Coach During Basketball…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
November 18, 2014 5289

Couple Charged for Concealing Food in Infant Car…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
November 22, 2014 3701

One Injured in Two Vehicle Collision in Greenville

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Miria Thomas
November 21, 2014 3697

Crashing Dump Trucks in Work Zone Cause Pennyrile…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper Stu Recke
November 19, 2014 3673

Two Killed When Vehicle Becomes Airborne, Strikes…

in Local (Owensboro) Top News by Daviess County Sheriff's Office
November 19, 2014 3626

Is Bankruptcy Your Best Option?

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
November 18, 2014 3598

Area Talent to Film Music Video at Merle Travis…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
November 19, 2014 3145

Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision on South…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gwen Smith
November 21, 2014 2937

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed Down

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
November 21, 2014 2687

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Nov. 21, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department

Stories Trending Today

November 22, 2014 1468

Kentucky Filmmaker to Release New Horror in March

in Top News For All Sites by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
November 23, 2014 1345

Motor Fuels Tax Rate to Decline by 4.3 Cents Per…

in Top News For All Sites by James Isaman
November 24, 2014 1271

Two Charged for Possession of Meth After…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by MCSO/PIO Alex Piper
November 23, 2014 1250

Light of Chance, Inc. Re-Launches New, Innovative…

in Hopkins News by Eric Logan
November 23, 2014 1210

Flavorful Twist on a Sunday Brunch Staple

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
November 23, 2014 1185

KSP Post 2 Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement

in General News For All Sites by Trooper S. C. Recke
November 23, 2014 1079

Holiday Menu Planning for First-Time Hosts

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
November 23, 2014 952

Wreaths to Honor the Fallen at State Veterans…

in General News For All Sites by Lisa Aug
November 23, 2014 952

Legislator's Log - Week of Nov. 23, 2014

in General News For All Sites by Brent Yonts
November 23, 2014 898

Dave Says - Nov. 23, 2014

in General News For All Sites by Dave Ramsey

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss