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File #: O-469-21    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/20/2021 In control: Public Safety Committee
On agenda: 2/9/2022 Final action:
Title: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE LOUISVILLE/JEFFERSON COUNTY METRO GOVERNMENT CODE OF ORDINANCES CHAPTERS 91 AND 156 TO ENHANCE THE ENFORCEMENT OF ANIMAL LICENSING AND REQUIRE THE MICROCHIPPING OF CATS AND DOGS.
Sponsors: Donna L. Purvis (D-5)
Attachments: 1. O-469-21 PROPOSED CABS 012622 AMEND LMCO 91 AND 156 - ENHANCE THE ENFORCEMENT OF ANIMAL LICENSING AND REQUIRE THE MICROCHIPPING OF CATS AND DOGS.pdf, 2. O-469-21 V. 1 092321 ENHANCE THE ENFORCEMENT OF ANIMAL LICENSING AND REQUIRE THE MICROCHIPPING OF CATS AND DOGS.pdf
ORDINANCE NO.______, SERIES 2022
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AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE LOUISVILLE/JEFFERSON COUNTY METRO GOVERNMENT CODE OF ORDINANCES CHAPTERS 91 AND 156 TO ENHANCE THE ENFORCEMENT OF ANIMAL LICENSING AND REQUIRE THE MICROCHIPPING OF CATS AND DOGS.
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SPONSORED BY: COUNCIL MEMBER DONNA PURVIS

WHEREAS, Louisville Metro Animal Services is tasked with ensuring that all animals in Jefferson County are properly licensed, vaccinated, cared for, and when necessary, reunited with owners;
WHEREAS, the issue of stray animals, specifically dangerous dogs, creates an ongoing danger and nuisance in many communities in Jefferson County which is exacerbated by the inability of Louisville Metro to determine animal ownership;
WHEREAS, many animals required to be registered within Jefferson County are not, contributing to this ongoing problem is the unregulated breeding of dogs and cats, which leaves Louisville Metro Animal Control with an immense burden of dealing with a vast number of unregistered animals and breeders;
WHEREAS, this amendment will increase and enhance the tools available to Louisville Metro Animal Services and prioritize personal responsibility in pet ownership.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF THE LOUISVILLE/JEFFERSON COUNTY METRO GOVERNMENT (THE COUNCIL) AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION I: The following section of the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances ("LMCO") Chapter 91 is amended as follows:
? 91.001 DEFINITIONS.

OWNER. Any person owning or keeping animals in Jefferson County. Pursuant to KRS 258.095, when applied to the proprietorship of an animal, includes:

(1) Every person having a right of property in the animal; and

(2) Every person who:
(a) Keeps or harbors the animal;

(b) Has the animal in his or her care;

(c) Permits the animal, to remain on or about premises owned, leased and/or occupied by him or her; and

(d) Retrieve...

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