Judge Issues Ruling In Animal Ordinance Challenge

by Rick Howlett on October 2, 2009

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Louisville Metro Government in most of a legal challenge to its animal ordinance.

The Louisville Kennel Club and others filed suit after the Metro Council passed and Mayor Jerry Abramson signed into law a stricter animal ordinance in 2007.

The new legislation was prompted in part by a pair of fatal pit bull attacks in Louisville.

Among other things, U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson generally rejected the club’s argument that the law is unconstitutionally vague.

The text of the judge’s ruling can be seen here.

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PHD October 3, 2009 at 10:36 am

Smart judge and congrats to Louisville. For the last three years, pits and pit types have been killing people at the rate of one every 21 days. (www.DogsBite.org) This is not acceptable to most people unless, of course, you are a breeder or a dog fighter.

EdenSprings October 5, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Your assessment of the ruling couldn’t be further from the truth. This will be a landmark decision, and the Louisville Kennel Club would love the opportunity to inform your listeners about the REAL reason for the lawsuit, and what this decision actually means.

There is already a federa case in Kentucky that will benefit from Judge Simpson’s reasoned opinion.

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