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HB 277/LM (BR 942) - R. Crimm, T. Riner, J. Jenkins

     AN ACT relating to welfare of animals.
     Amend KRS 257.192 to change the name of the Animal Control Advisory Board to the Animal Care Advisory Board; amend 258.095 to change the name of the Animal Control Advisory Board; amend KRS 258.117 to authorize the Animal Care Advisory Board to establish standards for the humane care of animals in publicly funded animal shelters, make policy recommendations on animal welfare and upgrade of animal shelters to the General Assembly, require audits of shelters receiving funds from the Animal Control and Care Fund, and establish performance standards to improve rates of animal adoption and reduce rates of euthanasia; amend KRS 258.119 to require all publicly funded shelters to establish an animal control and care program that meets the Animal Care Advisory Board's minimum standards; and amend KRS 436.605 to allow peace officers, animal control officers and agents of humane societies employed, appointed or contracted with a city or county for animal control services that have the peace officer powers under KRS 61.300 to enter premises without a warrant under reasonable suspicion of animal cruelty, mistreatment, or torture.

     Feb 1-introduced in House
     Feb 2-to Agriculture & Small Business (H)
     Feb 7-posted in committee

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