HB 336/LM (BR 3) - R. Thomas, K. Bratcher, L. Clark, C. Hoffman, J. Jenkins, S. Lee, M. Marzian, S. Nunn, R. Palumbo, T. Riner, J. Wayne
AN ACT relating to animals.
Create a new section of KRS Chapter 258 to prohibit the use of gunshot as a method of euthanasia in animal control situation; amend various sections of KRS Chapter 258 to delete references to dog pounds and dog wardens and use the terms animal shelter and animal control officer; define "cat," "animal control officer," "ferret," "board," "euthanasia," "animal shelter," and "quarantine;" require dogs, cats, and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies; require a dog to wear a rabies tag; allow a qualified person to vaccinate his own dog; allow a dog, cat, or ferret from out of state to not be vaccinated against rabies if the animal is already vaccinated and meets the rabies standards of Kentucky; allow, rather than require, local health departments to sponsor mass rabies immunization clinics; require the destruction and testing for rabies of a wild or exotic animal that has bitten a person; require an owner of an animal with rabies to be responsible for costs associated with any quarantine or rabies testing of that animal; allow a governmental agency to contract with other counties or entities to maintain an animal shelter; establish minimum standards for animal shelters; delete the requirement that all dogs be licensed and allow each county to establish its own licensing program; require all counties to meet the minimum standards established regarding animal shelters within two years of the effective date of this Act; allow animal control officers to impound dogs that do not bear a valid rabies tag; reduce the minimum holding period of impounded dogs from seven to five days; require proof of, or the purchase of, a valid rabies vaccination before an impounded dog, cat, or ferret may be reclaimed from a shelter; require the confinement of a vicious dog; prohibit a dog from violating local nuisance ordinances; require the owner of any dog, cat, or ferret that bites a person to be responsible for any damages resulting from the bite; amend KRS 436.605 to require agents of humane societies to be employed by or have a contract with a governing body before the agent can have the power of a peace officer in enforcing statutes relating to cruelty to animals; amend KRS 67.592, 212.625, 257.100, 321.181, and 436.610 to conform; make technical corrections; repeal KRS 258.025, 258.105, 258.115, 258.125, 258.145, 258.155, 258.165, 258.175, 258.185, 258.205, 258.275, 258.285, 258.295, 258.305, 258.325, 258.345, 258.355; and provide that funds remaining in the livestock fund be deposited in the animal control and care fund.
HB 336 - AMENDMENTS
HCS/LM - Retain original provisions, except allow gunshot in animal shelters if an animal presents a threat to the health or safety of an animal control officer, and clarify the definition of "euthanasia."
HFA (1, B. Montell) - Require people with feral cats on their premises to make a reasonable effort to capture and vaccinate them against rabies.
HFA (2, R. Nelson) - Delete the requirement for cats and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies.
HFA (3, R. Damron) - Broaden the circumstances where an animal control officer may use gunshot to kill an animal at an animal shelter to include when immediately necessary to protect any other person or animal lawfully on the premises; delete all other remaining provisions of the bill.
HFA (4, R. Thomas) - Delete all provisions of the bill; create a new section of KRS 258.095 to 258.365 to prohibit the use of gunshot as a routine method of euthanasia in animal shelter situations; amend KRS 258.095 to define "Euthanasia"; amend KRS 258.119 to strengthen animal shelter standards for applicants seeking grants from the Animal Control and Care Fund; amend KRS 258.215 to conform.
HFA (5, R. Thomas) - Specify that gunshot may be used in animal shelter situations if an animal presents a threat to anyone lawfully on the premises of the shelter; amend the definition of "animal control officer" to include the duties of enforcing the provisions of the KRS relating to cruelty, mistreatment, or torture of animals; define "Livestock" and "Poultry"; require any person with feral cats on his property to make a reasonable effort to capture or vaccinate the cats for rabies; require the Animal Control Advisory Board to promulgate administrative regulations regarding its duties; allow counties 3, rather than 2, years to meet the new animal shelter standards; allow animal control officers to issue uniform citations, local citations, or local notices to enforce animal control, cruelty, and torture laws; require owners of all animals, not just dogs, cats, or ferrets, to be responsible for costs involved in impounding and quarantining; specify that money collected from fines be credited to the Animal Control and Care Fund; prohibit animal control officers and officers or agents of humane societies from having the power of arrest, unless they are peace officers; make conforming and technical corrections.
HFA (6, R. Thomas) - Delete all provisions of the bill; create a new section of KRS 258.095 to 258.365 to prohibit the use of gunshot as a routine method of euthanasia in animal shelter situations; amend KRS 258.095 to define "Euthanasia"; amend KRS 258.215 to conform.
HFA (7, R. Thomas) - Clarify what constitutes "reasonable effort" regarding the attempted vaccination of feral cats.
HFA (8, R. Thomas) - Allow, rather than require, a wild or exotic animal to be destroyed and tested for rabies if the animal bites a human being or exhibits symptoms of rabies.
Jan 20-introduced in House
Jan 21-to Agriculture and Small Business (H)
Jan 27-posted in committee
Feb 19-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
Feb 20-2nd reading, to Rules
Feb 23-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 24, 2004; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
Mar 2-floor amendment (2) filed to Committee Substitute
Mar 5-floor amendment (3) filed to Committee Substitute
Mar 8-floor amendments (4) (5) and (6) filed to Committee Substitute
Mar 9-floor amendments (7) and (8) filed to Committee Substitute
Mar 17-3rd reading, passed 96-0 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (5)
Mar 18-received in Senate
Mar 22-to State and Local Government (S)