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Postby heather » Mon May 05, 2008 4:56 pm

From BSL Updates:


Since nothing has been "officially" proposed in Boone County, I have only included the contact information for County Commissioner Cathy Flaig and County Administrator Jeff Earlywine. Please forward educational materials, suggestions and viable alternatives to breed specific legislation. As always, please be polite and respectful in all your communications. Perhaps we can help to lead them in the right direction on this issue.

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Pit bull attack prompts review

BY PAUL MCKIBBEN | PMCKIBBEN@NKY. COM

HEBRON - Steve Byers suffered last month what has to be a nightmare for any pet owner.

His bichon frise named Lobo was attacked by a neighbor's pit bull, a breed that is legal in Boone County except in Walton. Lobo later was euthanized and the pit bull was put to sleep, too.

Byers would like to prohibit pit bulls and rottweilers in the county and referred to a study about dog attacks. He believes pit bulls are bred to fight other dogs.

"I know that people that have pit bulls say they're gentle-loving animals," he said.

Lobo was badly hurt, including having two broken ribs. The dog was taken to Hebron Animal Hospital where it had surgery. It was later taken to a 24-hour animal clinic where Byers had it put to sleep.

Boone County Commissioner Cathy Flaig said she's given the issue to Boone County Administrator Jeff Earlywine to see if there's anything that can be done to make sure that small children are not hurt in a neighborhood with an aggressive dog. She said perhaps dogs that are known to be aggressive should be behind a higher fence. But she said some subdivisions won't permit large fences in backyards.

Flaig said it's not feasible to ban pit bulls and rottweilers because there are probably areas in the county where there's plenty of room for those types of dogs to roam.

"But in a subdivision and you know (if) you have a dog that is aggressive that dog must be contained," she said.

Flaig said she wouldn't favor an ordinance to ban pit bulls in the rural part of the county but said in the urban part, Earlywine and Boone County Attorney Robert Neace need to look at that. She said she might support banning pit bulls in the urban areas.

Beckey Reiter, director of Boone County Animal Care & Control, said any dog can be aggressive. She said if the county is going to look at breeds that could pose a higher risk, it needs to look at all of them. She said banning a particular breed will keep a community more safe.

"You have good dogs and bad dogs in every breed," she said.

http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbc ... /805050320


Name: Jeff Earlywine
Title: County Administrator
Phone: (859) 334-2242
Fax:
Cell Phone:
Email: jearlywine@boonecou ntyky.org
Judge-Executives Office

2950 Washington Street

Burlington, KY 41005
Phone:
Fax: (859) 334-3105
Email:



Cathy H. Flaig
P.O. Box 900
Burlington, Kentucky 41005
Phone (859) 689-4255
Fax (859) 689-2999
chflaig@fuse. net



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Postby heather » Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:02 pm

Pit bulls defended in Boone
BY PAUL MCKIBBEN | PMCKIBBEN@NKY. COM

HEBRON - Katie Feighery of Hebron owns a pit bull and she has a 1-year-old son too.

Feighery, a veterinary technician, has had the dog for six years. Her name is Kya. Feighery said the dog is very laidback and relaxed and gets along great with the neighborhood dogs.

Feighery said the dog is very good around her son. She said he can take food out of its mouth and grab its toys. Feighery does rescue work with mainly pit bulls. She has another dog and Kya plays with her too.

"I believe that this is the one breed that is very misunderstood, especially due to media," she said.

Pit bulls are receiving some attention in Boone County. A Hebron resident's bichon frise was attacked by a neighbor's pit bull in April. The dog later died from the incident and the pit bull was euthanized. Boone County Commissioner Cathy Flaig asked Boone County Administrator Jeff Earlywine to look into the pit bull issue.

Beckey Reiter, director of Boone County Animal Care & Control, said she is doing some research on the issue. She said she'll advise the administration on what she found and what studies are showing.

Reiter said dogs bites are very situational with a number of components usually in place.
Those are unsupervised dogs, unsupervised children, irresponsible ownership or uneducated owners that simply weren't aware of the warning signs ahead of time. Also it can be dogs that have had no training on acceptable behavior and not acceptable behavior.

Burlington resident Isabelle Klopsch used to own two pit bulls at separate times when she lived in New Jersey.

"They're wonderful. It is how you bring any breed of dog up. You can breed a little cocker spaniel or a bulldog and if you raise them to be nasty, they're going to be nasty," she said.

Feighery said she hopes the county doesn't ban pit bulls. She said they are portrayed as horrible dogs that attack and who are vicious but they are really not. She said a typical pit bull is a great pet and they're just like a boxer as they're very family oriented and very dog oriented.

http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbc ... /806030304

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Postby heather » Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:46 am

Pit bulls defended in Boone
BY PAUL MCKIBBEN | PMCKIBBEN@NKY.COM
HEBRON - Katie Feighery of Hebron owns a pit bull and she has a 1-year-old son too.

Feighery, a veterinary technician, has had the dog for six years. Her name is Kya. Feighery said the dog is very laidback and relaxed and gets along great with the neighborhood dogs.

Feighery said the dog is very good around her son. She said he can take food out of its mouth and grab its toys. Feighery does rescue work with mainly pit bulls. She has another dog and Kya plays with her too.

"I believe that this is the one breed that is very misunderstood, especially due to media," she said.

Pit bulls are receiving some attention in Boone County. A Hebron resident's bichon frise was attacked by a neighbor's pit bull in April. The dog later died from the incident and the pit bull was euthanized. Boone County Commissioner Cathy Flaig asked Boone County Administrator Jeff Earlywine to look into the pit bull issue.

Beckey Reiter, director of Boone County Animal Care & Control, said she is doing some research on the issue. She said she'll advise the administration on what she found and what studies are showing.

Reiter said dogs bites are very situational with a number of components usually in place. Those are unsupervised dogs, unsupervised children, irresponsible ownership or uneducated owners that simply weren't aware of the warning signs ahead of time. Also it can be dogs that have had no training on acceptable behavior and not acceptable behavior.

Burlington resident Isabelle Klopsch used to own two pit bulls at separate times when she lived in New Jersey.

"They're wonderful. It is how you bring any breed of dog up. You can breed a little cocker spaniel or a bulldog and if you raise them to be nasty, they're going to be nasty," she said.

Feighery said she hopes the county doesn't ban pit bulls. She said they are portrayed as horrible dogs that attack and who are vicious but they are really not. She said a typical pit bull is a great pet and they're just like a boxer as they're very family oriented and very dog oriented.

http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbc ... /806030304

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