Flemingsburg City Council discusses pit bull ban

2013-05-15T22:00:00Z 2013-05-17T10:39:04Z Flemingsburg City Council discusses pit bull banCHRISTY HOOTS christy.hoots@lee.net Ledger Independent

FLEMINGSBURG | City council members unanimously voted Monday to amend a current animal ordinance to ban ownership of the pit bull breed of dogs within city limits.

According to Mayor Marty Voiers, the ordinance previously allowed pit bulls to be within city limits, but required the animals to be registered and for owners to maintain insurance.

"We allowed the dogs, but registration and insurance had to be maintained," he said.  "If something happened, the dogs were taken away."

Voiers said the council chose to amend the ordinance after receiving numerous complaints about incidents involving the dogs.

"We have had numerous complaints about the dogs running lose and we've had incidents with people being chased and bit," he said.  "The council thought it would be best to ban the dogs before something more serious happened."

Voiers said everything else in the ordinance, which also bans keeping pigs, swine, hogs, poultry and bee hives within city limits, remains unchanged.

Voiers said the first reading of the amendment was passed unanimously.

According to Voiers, the penalty for continuing to harbor a pit bill after the ordinance is passed, is $250.

"If someone is found to have a pit bull on their property, they will be asked to remove it," Voiers said.  "If they don't, the (Flemingsburg) police will remove the dog and the owners will face a fine."

Voiers said the ban will begin 30 days after the second reading of the ordinance is passed, which will likely take place during the next regular meeting on June 10.

Also during the meeting, council approved the second reading of the three 2013-2014 fiscal year budgets.

The general fund budget includes a carryover amount of $683,735 and estimated revenue of $2.6 million for a total of $3.3 million. The total appropriations for the fiscal year are estimated at $2.8 million, leaving an expected end-of-year fund balance of $515,243.

The utility system budget includes a carryover amount of $1.5 million and an estimated revenue of $14.5 million, for a total of $16.1 million. The total estimated appropriations are $14.7 million, leaving an anticipated end-of-year balance of $1.4 million.

The cable television provider budget includes a carryover of $37,902 and an estimated revenue of $26,211 for a total of $64,113. The estimated appropriations are $13,480, leaving an projected end-of-year balance of $50,633.

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  1. Tony Menechella
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    Tony Menechella - May 23, 2013 10:32 am
    Just what this state REALLY needs, more ignorant and stupid people responsible for making decisions! This just shows their ignorance and cowardness! Heaven forbid they do anything to the irresponsible owners, that might actually make sense. And the first time some cop tried to remove my animal, they better come armed!!
  2. MerrittClifton
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    MerrittClifton - May 17, 2013 2:44 pm
    Of the 4,143 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 2,577 (62%) were pit bulls; 534 were Rottweilers; 3,326 were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of the 510 human fatalities, 258 were killed by pit bulls; 84 were killed by Rottweilers; 380 (69%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 2,298 people who were disfigured, 1,486 (61%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 307 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 1,890 (82%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit bulls, incidentally, inflict about 10 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls are less than 5% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.
  3. ddd
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    ddd - May 16, 2013 4:37 pm
    We have started a petition to stop and/or revoke this breed-specific banning within the State of Kentucky, with Flemingsburg, KY being the initial target of this petition. If you would like to help stop and/or reverse breed specific bannings, please sign our electronic petition located at

    http://www.change.org/petitions/commonwealth-of-ky-stop-breed-specific-banning-statewide

    Thank you!
  4. Citizen911
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    Citizen911 - May 16, 2013 2:44 pm
    This is a horrible decision. Please consider addressing the problem owner's and the individual situations, not the breed. If I run stop signs and scare pedestrians are you going to ban my car or maybe just Toyota's since that is what I drive? Same with dogs that are suppose to be under my control, it is not their fault. Punish the owners!
  5. carriejo
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    carriejo - May 16, 2013 12:57 pm
    Saw this story down in Lexington and I'm so upset - let me get this straight - because of the number of pitbulls running loose, you are choosing to ban that breed instead of citing the owners for allowing them to do so? I would be interested to know if these same owners also have dogs like labs, beagles, etc., and if you are planning on banning them as well? As a pitbull owner - my animal is my responsibility - punishing him for something that is my fault is rididulous! Stop this discrimination!
  6. Fed Up
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    Fed Up - May 16, 2013 11:08 am
    Maybe the Board should consider banning stupid dog owners instead. That would be a much more effective ban.
  7. Pittie Mom
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    Pittie Mom - May 16, 2013 10:52 am
    This is absolutely crazy. Why aren't the owners of the dogs that are running loose and "biting" people being charged? Or being made to pay for breaking the city ordinance? Apparently there is the same stupidity in Fleming Co as there is in the county I live in. You are just wanting to punish the BREED and not the real culprits of the problems. People, educate yourselves! Pitties are wonderful dogs and companions. THE OWNERS ARE TO BLAME NOT THE BREED!!!
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