Ballard County Animal Control suggests dog kennel/breeding license

Jason Paul, KPI Staff

Wickliffe – In light of the large amount of dogs being removed from several locations, James Campbell of Animal Control asked the magistrates about passing an ordinance for a dog kennel/breeding license during the recent Ballard County Fiscal Court meeting. Campbell stated that he requested the services of Creatures Great and Small (CG&S) to help him remove 7 or 8 dogs from one location. He also said that he will ask CG&S to help remove 25 to 26 dogs from two other locations. The question was raised as to how many dogs are too many dogs at one location. Campbell stated that in the past he has seen forty plus dogs each at two separate locations. Campbell is concerned about the lack of attention from owners.

Animal Control currently has a kennel that can hold only one dog. If they put two dogs in the same cage, the dogs will fight with each other. Campbell is looking into purchasing a kennel that is designed to hold two dogs in two separate cages concurrently. This kennel can be used in the back of a pick up truck or in an explorer.

Campbell informed the magistrates that there were 3 dog bites during last month and that there are already four dog bites this month, one involving a pit bull. This pit bull bit a 2-1/2 year old. This dog was put down by its owner with a shot to the head. Campbell stated that when the animal is shot in the head, the head cannot be tested to determine if the animal has rabies. This is very important because it was debated as to whether or not the 2-1/2 year old was going to get a treatment of six shots in its stomach to cure rabies.