HAZARD-As spring arrives, Hazard and Perry County residents will be spending more time outdoors and may encounter something troubling—loose dogs, some of which may seem to be large and intimidating, which have been seen roaming lose in some Hazard and Perry County neighborhoods.
Last week a resident of Laurel Street called the Hazard Police Department (HPD) to report that several dogs had attacked another dog in the area.
Officials with the HPD reported that the dog catcher was called and couldn’t come out because he had obtained his quota of dogs for the week to take to the animal shelter.
According to Deputy Chief Joe Engle of the Hazard Police Department, there are leash laws in the city limits of Hazard.
“All dogs have to be either on a leash or on their own property,” Engle stated.
Engle went on to report that the city has not received any complaints of vicious dogs. Most of the calls they receive are about dogs barking during the night.
“We get noise complaints more than anything else,” Engle said.
Perry County Attorney John C. Shackleford said that while there is no county ordinance, the county follows the state ordinances.
KRS 258.265 states that “an owner shall exercise proper care and control of his dog to prevent the dog from violating any local government nuisance ordinance. Any peace officer or animal control officer may seize or destroy any dog found running at large between the hours of sunset and sunrise and unaccompanied and not under the control of its owner or handler.”
Residents of Hazard who have concerns about dogs can contact the Hazard Police Department. County residents can call the Perry County Sheriff’s Office.
Gwendolyn Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.