Open States

  1. Introduced Feb 19, 2014
  2. Passed House
  3. Passed Senate
  4. Signed into Law

HB 409

Kentucky House Bill

AN ACT relating to dogs and cats. Amend KRS 525.130 and 525.135 to add sexual assault as an act of cruelty to animals; amend KRS 525.135 to add an intentional or wanton failure to provide minimum care which results in a serious physical injury to the elements of torture of a dog or cat and, upon conviction; forfeit ownership of all dogs and cats for three years; create a new section of Chapter 525 to punish wanton or reckless neglect of dogs and cats; amend KRS 500.090 to exempt forfeited dogs and cats from worthless property; amend 321.185 to allow veterinarians to report reasonable suspicion of dog and cat neglect or torture without client relationship; allow animal control officers to take physical custody of an animal if there is probable cause or the officer has a warrant finding probable cause to believe that the animal is in imminent danger of serious physical injury; require the animal control officer to file a petition of facts with the District Court 48 hours after taking custody of the animal and request action by that same court; allow the animal to be humanely destroyed if a licensed veterinarian deems the animal to be severely injured or diseased; require the District Court to place the petition on the docket and issue a summons for the owner or person caring for the impounded animal; require the court to determine physical custody of the animal pending a final decision of the court on the question of animal cruelty or torture; provide a method for the owner to be noticed of animal's custody if the court could not determine the animal's ownership; require the owner to relinquish ownership after court order or post a surety bond for the care of the animal pending final disposition of the case; allow the court to waive bond if the owner is found indigent; allow the court to order the animal humanely destroyed upon written assessment by a licensed veterinarian; allow agent caring for the impounded animal to draw on the bond for care expenses and provide method for return of unused portion of bond.
2014 Regular Session
Bill Subjects:
Legal Issues Municipal and County Issues Crime Labor and Employment Other Housing and Property Animal Rights and Wildlife Issues
Sponsors (4):


There are currently no roll call votes recorded for this bill.


Date Chamber  
Feb 20, 2014 House to Judiciary (H)
Feb 19, 2014 House introduced in House

Bill Text


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