Amelia HollidayStaff Reporter
April 23, 2013
HAZARD — The Perry County Fiscal Court met last week to discuss amending an ordinance concerning livestock in the county.
Alma Napier, a resident of Bulan, had voiced concerns and a complaint to the court at a previous meeting about her neighbors who were housing upwards of 50 chickens and numerous dogs in their yard which was very close to her house. The only ordinance the county had regarding the proximity animals could be to a neighboring residence concerned livestock.
Perry County Attorney John Carl Shackelford said the court would have to revise that ordinance in order to address Napier’s concerns.
“Based on her (Napier’s) request at the last meeting I looked at potential amendments to that ordinance that would address her problem of the chickens,” Shackelford told the court last Tuesday.
After hearing Shackelford’s suggestions, the court voted to amend the livestock ordinance to include fowl. The ordinance now states that livestock have to have at least one acre of land to be on with an adequate pen or enclosure and they must be at least 200 feet away from the nearest residence, and fowl must also be at least 200 feet from the nearest resident in an adequate enclosure, however, are not required to be on an acre of land.