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Cruelty and Neglect

A person is guilty of cruelty to animals if they participate in any activity that causes injury or death to the animal. Under Kentucky statute, animal owners must provide adequate food, drink, space and health care for any animal in their custody.

Keeping your dog outside chained or tethered is a bad idea. Dogs are social animals that need interaction as part of your family. Living at the end of a chain makes the dog an easy target for attack by other animals, people or insects and may suffer from exposure to extreme temperatures. The tether can become entangled and the dog can choke or strangle to death. It is considered inhumane to keep a dog continuously chained up.

We recommend that all pets be kept indoors with the family. This is the best way for them to become well adjusted companions. If you are concerned about a dog that is frequently tethered or left outside without proper shelter, food and water, please call Jessamine County Animal Control at 859-881-0821. They are available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You can help us keep Jessamine County animals safe and healthy. Report all incidences of abuse, neglect or cruelty. All animals deserve humane treatment in kind and loving homes.

Here is a link to county and state animal control ordinances:

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