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Date: 07-23-2014;

City of Goshen amends pet law to include cats on leashes, mayor unsure of enforcement...



Putting a dog on a leash for an afternoon walk through the park may not seem that big of a deal, but Goshen residents will soon have to restrain their cats from running free.

The City of Goshen decided in June that Chapter 90 of the City Ordinances regarding animals needed to be updated to address the issue of cats.

Commissioner Terry Crotteau brought the idea to the council in May after receiving numerous complaints from city residents about cats using neighbors’ gardens as litter boxes, attacking local birds at feeding stations and owners allowing cats to run in neighbor’s yards.

The corrected ordinance, which once only included dogs, now says, “No dog or cat within the city shall be permitted off of the property of the dog’s or cat’s owner unless the dog or cat is being restrained by the owner through the use of a leash.”

If an owner is cited, they will have to pay an unspecified fine, but Mayor Bob Thacker said the ordinance might be hard to enforce.

“A lot of cats run free and we don’t know how to control them,” said Thacker. “We just hope this makes homeowners more responsible.”

The ordinance also states, “No dog or cat within the city shall be permitted to be kept any closer to its owner’s front property line than the front corner of the main residential structure on the lot.”

According to Crotteau, this would solve the problem of cats and dogs running free in the city, but it may mean that residents will have to restrain their animals.

“The restriction should not apply if the dog or cat’s owner or member of the household who is capable of restraining the dog is also in the front yard and in the immediate presence of the dog or cat during the time they are in the yard,” according to the ordinance.

Crotteau is hopeful the correction of the ordinance will please all Goshen citizens.

“We hope than any city ordinance will provide a better environment for all our residents, not just pet owners,” said Crotteau.

By Taylor Riley
The Oldham Era

Lawrence County Humane Society Hosts Open House;

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(Louisa, KY, June 20, 2014) – The Lawrence County Humane Society Animal Shelter is celebrating the National “Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month” in June. This is an ideal time to adopt a feline, since the spring and summer months typically bring a surge of kittens and cats to the nation’s shelters.

“Whether you’re looking for a mellow, mature cat or a fun, frisky kitten, you’ll find the perfect feline at our shelter,” says Beverly Pack, Volunteer for the Humane Society. “We have cats of all sizes, ages, breeds, and personalities, and they’re all looking for loving, permanent homes.”

When adopting a kitty from the Shelter, each cat will be vaccinated, dewormed, spayed/neutered, litter box trained, socialized to be around humans and other cats, and receive a rabies vaccination (if age appropriate).

The Lawrence County Humane Society encourages people to enrich their lives by adopting a cat. These tips should be considered when adopting:

• Age: While kittens are hard to resist, adult cats are often better suited to families with young children. Mature cats respond better to being handled by inquisitive youngsters.

• Number: It can be beneficial to adopt more than one cat or kitten, especially if the pets will be left alone for long periods while you are gone. Not all cats enjoy companionship, but many are very social with members of their own species.

• Personality: Many cats are under a great deal of stress in a shelter environment. A cat’s true personality may not emerge until she has been in her new home for several weeks. The Lawrence County Humane Society encourages you to visit with the cat and spend time with it at the Shelter so you can find the right personality for your home.

• Coat: The longer the cat’s fur, the more brushing will be needed to prevent painful matting.

 

Shelter kitties of the week: May 7, 2014

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There are many wonderful felines at the Lawrence County Humane Society Animal Shelter just waiting to find their own special forever home.  Have you been thinking about adding a new companion to your home? Why not come to the Animal Shelter today and visit our frisky felines? Today we are featuring just a few of the wonderful kitties that are available for adoption at the Lawrence County Humane Society Animal Shelter. These cats are litter box trained, socialized to be around humans and other cats, and would make wonderful companions in any home. To find out more about any of these wonderful kitties, or any of the MANY more we currently have at the Animal Shelter, please call Beverly Pack (LC Humane Society Volunteer) at (606) 571-6224 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please call for a quicker response. Thank you!!

Date: 06-11-2014

Black bear family spotted in Harlan;


Ivy Hill residents saw a family of newcomers on Tuesday, but they were quickly run out of the neighborhood. A mama black bear and her three cubs were returned to the woods after a family dog ran them up a tree.

Harlan City Police Officer Derrick Noe said they received a call at 10:23 a.m. from a resident stating there were bears about.

“We got a call this morning, a lady said a bear was trying to attack her dog on Ivy Hill,” said Noe. “When we got there, I talked to the lady and she said it ran down the hill.”

Noe said he and Officer George Young went down the hill looking for the bears.

“Up in a tree — about 30 to 40 feet — there was a mama bear and three cubs,” said Noe. “We blocked off the roadway around it and called the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.”

Noe said once Tristan Curry, the wildlife technician from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources arrived, they kept the area quiet in order to allow the bears to calm down.

“Once the mama bear felt safe, she came down, then she got her cubs down,” said Noe. “Once the cubs and the mama bear were out of the tree, the bear tech used cracker shells to run them back into the woods.”

Noe explained that “cracker shells” are basically loud bottle rocket type rounds that are designed to deliver a loud noise and scare animals away without harming the animal.

According to Noe, the dog and the mama bear had a bit of a standoff, but neither attacked. The dog retreated back to his owner’s house at which time the mama bear followed her cubs up into the tree.

Noe said the bear was showing signs of irritation at himself and Young before Fish and Wildlife showed up.

“It wasn’t growling at us, but it was snapping at us,” said Noe. “We just backed up and gave her room.”

There were no injuries caused by the incident, but Noe did state a mama bear with her cubs can be a dangerous situation.

Anybody who comes in contact with bears or other potentially dangerous wildlife should contact authorities immediately.

By Joe P. Asher
Harlan Daily Enterprise

 

SHELTER KITTIES OF THE WEEK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There are many wonderful felines at the Lawrence County Humane Society Animal Shelter just waiting to find their own special forever home. Have you been thinking about adding a new companion to your home? Why not come to the Animal Shelter today and visit our friskie felines? Today we are featuring just a few of the wonderful kitties that are available for adoption at the Lawrence County Humane Society Animal Shelter. These cats are litter box trained, socialized to be around humans and other cats, and would make wonderful companions in any home. To find out more about any of these wonderful kitties, or any of the MANY more we currently have available at the Animal Shelter, please call Beverly Pack (LC Humane Society Volunteer) at 606-571-6224 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please call for a quicker response. Thank you!!