Neglected Dog Case Helps Change Animal Control Rules

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

The job of Bowling Green's Animal Control Officer is a little easier tonight after city officials eased restrictions in the midst of a neglected dog case.

4 dogs were discovered in emaciated conditions Wednesday afternoon, and 1, a female pit bull, was believed to be on death's doorstep. "She was probably the most lethargic dog I've ever seen in my 6 years here. I do not think, and the vet does not think that she would have lived another 24 hours in the situation she was in," said Lori Hare, the Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society's Director.

Animal Control Officer Dale Blair brought the dogs in to the vet, but was unable to write an animal cruelty citation to the owners, because of a city bylaw restricting him from writing citations.

"Up to this point, Officer Ross and I have not been authorized to issue citations for violations that occur in our presence," Blair said.

If you would like to donate to the Humane Society or adopt a pet of your own, call them at (270) 783-9404.

Blair says in his 7 months on the job, he has had to take a warrant request to the County Attorney's office, then have a judge approve it, bring it back to the police department, and have another officer serve the warrant.

"I think it's very sad that they don't have the capability of writing a ticket," Hare said.

But after this most recent case, city officials notified Blair on Thursday afternoon that he now has the power to write tickets on the spot, something that he says will save him time and make enforcing the laws much easier.

"Really makes it a lot easier to enforce the laws if we see them occur, and we're given the authorization to issue a citation on the scene, instead of writing a report. I think this case did expedite things because this case was so severe that it kind of brought things to the forefront," Blair said.

"If someone abuses a child, a child doesn't get left in that situation, and I would hope the animal welfare will become a lot better because of this," Hare said.


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