City to Increase Animal Control Efforts

Staff Report

Hazard Police Department (HPD) say complaints regarding animals typically increase during the spring and summer. HPD and City Hall have already begun to receive calls regarding dogs running at large and Mayor Jimmy Lindon has asked HPD to remind everyone of the city’s ordinance regarding this issue. The ordinance reads as follows:


(A) No person who is the owner of any dog or other animal shall permit it to run at large in any public road, highway, street, lane, or alley, or upon unenclosed land, or permit it to go on any private yard, lot, or enclosure without the consent of the owner of the yard, lot, or enclosure.

(B) The owner of a dog or other animal who permits it to run at large in violation of this section is liable for all damages caused by the dog or animal upon the premises of another.

Penalty, see § 90.99

(C) Every city police officer or county animal control official shall have the authority to apprehend any dog or other animal running at large in violation of this section and to impound the dog or other animal or have the dog or other animal impounded in the appropriate place.

Penalty, see § 90.99

§ 90.99 PENALTY.

(A) Any person who violates any provision of this chapter for which another penalty is not already otherwise provided shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than $500 for each offense. Each day the violation exists shall constitute a separate offense.

As a result of the increase in animal complaints, The Hazard Police Department has begun taking a pro-active approach to this public nuisance. Safety Officer Keith Gwin has been designated to respond to and assist in the enforcement of complaints of animals running at large.

HPD would like to thank Mayor Lindon for supporting them in this effort.

Staff Report

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