City officials in Independence, Kentucky hope to put more teeth into the animal control ordinance this week by removing a provision that a dog couldn’t be declared vicious until after it bit someone.
The Kentucky Enquirer reported City Attorney Jed Deters said officers can now issue city citations and a court will determine if the animal is vicious. The new law is contrary to the old maxim in Kentucky that every dog deserves one bite.
The reworked law also now bars people keeping exotic or wild animals. A baboon was removed from a home in Independence last month under a Kenton County law.