Daviess County May Ban Livestock on Smaller Plots

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — A proposed ordinance expected to be voted on this week would ban residents of a western Kentucky county from keeping livestock on smaller plots or close to dwellings.

The measure is scheduled to be voted on Thursday by the Daviess County Fiscal Court in Owensboro.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports the proposal would prohibit keeping livestock on less than two acres and within 100 feet of a dwelling.

The proposal does allow people who own at least half an acre to keep up to six hens in a coop in their yards, as long as the coop is more than 50 feet from a neighbor's house.

County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly says the proposal balances the rights of property owners and their neighbors.

He says animal control officers won't go looking for violators.

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