Insurance Requirement in Livingston County Dog Ordinance Draws Criticism

Jul 24, 2013

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A new Livingston County ordinance that puts restrictions on specific dog breeds is garnering criticism from owners and humane society activists.

The ordinance, passed last night, will require owners of American Staffordshire terriers, bull terriers, pitt bulls and Rottweilers to register, insure and microchip their dogs.

Since the ordinance was drafted late last month, county residents have questioned the fifty thousand dollar liability insurance required on those breeds.

McCracken County Human Society Director Terry Vannerson says the requirement will put an unnecessary burden on low-income dog owners and renters in Livingston.

"I don’t know how you could possibly enforce that. I don’t even know if you could get rental insurance on an animal of this kind,"

Livingston County Judge-Executive Chris Lasher says there are companies that will provide insurance required by the new ordinance.

He says he and his staff are conducting extensive training to make sure the ordinance is well enforced.