On March 16, 2020, members of the Edgewood, Kentucky, city council discussed amendments to the city’s animal ordinance, including changes to vicious dog provisions. During the meeting, one council member proposed including a ban on Rottweilers and “pit bulls”. No action was taken.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) supports reasonable, enforceable, non-discriminatory laws to govern the ownership of dogs. We support laws that: establish a fair process by which specific dogs are identified as “dangerous” based on stated, measurable actions; impose appropriate penalties on irresponsible owners; and establish a well-defined method for dealing with dogs proven to be dangerous. The American Kennel Club strongly opposes any legislation that determines a dog to be “dangerous” based on specific breeds or phenotypic classes of dogs.
Council members and staff also discussed seeking input from residents by placing the issue on the city’s website with a poll about dog breed bans. Edgewood residents are urged to monitor the Edgewood city website and Facebook page for additional information.
The text of a proposed ordinance, when available, can be requested from city staff. The agenda for an upcoming city council meeting can be requested on the Friday prior to a meeting. Council meetings are generally held on the first and third Monday of the month. The April 6 meeting has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
For more information, please contact AKC Government Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-816-3720.