Animal KRS

KRS means Kentucky Revised Statutes.  

Kentucky Revised Statutes means Kentucky Law.

Animal (per KRS 321.181) means any animal EXCEPT human beings.

Dog (per KRS 258.095) means any domestic canine, six (6) months of age or older.

Cat (per KRS 258.095) means any domestic feline three (3) months of age or older.


MOST USED ANIMAL KRS for abuse, neglect & cruilty  

KRS 525.125  Cruelty to animals in the first degree.

KRS 525.130  Cruelty to animals in the second degree 

KRS 525.135  Torture of a dog or a cat.

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ANIMAL KRS DEFINITIONS

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KRS 446.010

(2)  "Animal" includes every warm-blooded living creature except a human being; 

(12) "Cruelty" as applied to animals includes every act or omission whereby unjustifiable physical pain, suffering, or death is caused or permitted; 

(15) "Domestic animal" means any animal converted to domestic habitat; 

(21) "Humane Society," "society,"or" Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals," means any nonprofit corporation, organized under the laws of this state and having as its primary purpose the prevention of cruelty to animals; 

(25) "Livestock" means cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses, alpacas, llamas, buffaloes, or any other animals of the bovine, ovine, porcine, caprine, equine, or camelid species; 

(26) "May" is permissive; 

(29) "Owner" when applied to any animal, means any person having a property interest in such animal; 

(31) "Peace officer" includes sheriffs, constables, coroners, jailers, metropolitan and urban-county government correctional officers, marshals, policemen, and other persons with similar authority to make arrests; 

(39) "Shall" is mandatory;
 

KRS 258.005

(1) "Dog" means any canine three (3) months of age or older for which there exists a United States Department of Agriculture approved rabies vaccine; 

(2)  "Owner" means any person owning, keeping, or harboring a dog, cat, or ferret in Kentucky;  

(3)  "Veterinarian" means a licensed practitioner of veterinary medicine;  

(4)  "Qualified person" means a person granted a permit by the secretary for health and family services to vaccinate his own dog against rabies;

(5)  "Vaccination" means the administration by a veterinarian or other qualified person of rabies vaccine approved by and administered in accordance with administrative regulations promulgated by the secretary for health and family services;  

(6)  "Cat" means any feline three (3) months of age or older for which there exists a United States Department of Agriculture approved rabies vaccine;  

(7)  "Animal control officer" means an individual who is employed or appointed by, or has contracted with: 

               (a)  A city, county, urban-county, charter county, or consolidated local government to enforce the provisions of this chapter, the provisions of the Kentucky Revised Statutes relating to cruelty, mistreatment, or torture of animals, and local animal control ordinances; or  

               (b)  An entity that has contracted with a city, county, urban-county, charter county, or consolidated local government to enforce the provisions of this chapter, the provisions of the Kentucky Revised Statutes relating to cruelty, mistreatment, or torture of animals, and local animal control ordinances;  

(8)  "Ferret" means any musteline three (3) months of age or older for which there exists a United States Department of Agriculture approved rabies vaccine; and 

(9)  "Quarantine" means the confinement of an animal for observation of clinical signs of illness indicating rabies infection, and the prevention of escape or contact with any person or other animal.
 

KRS 257.010

(1) "Abandon" means to forsake entirely, or to neglect or refuse to provide or perform the legal obligations for care and support of an animal by its owner or his agent; 

(9) "Department" means the Department of Agriculture; 

(11) "Livestock"means: 

  1. (a)  Cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses, llamas, buffaloes, or any other animals of the bovine, ovine, porcine, caprine, equine, or camelid species; and  
  2. (b)  Deer, elk, and any other animal of the cervid species whose regulatory requirements are under KRS Chapters 150 and 246, and are privately owned and raised in a confined area for breeding stock, food, fiber, and other products;    

(14) "Owner"means any person owning or leasing from another, or having in charge any domestic animal; 

(15) "Poultry" means chickens, ducks, turkeys, or other domestic fowl being raised or kept on any premises in the Commonwealth; 


KRS about Dogs

KRS 525.125  Cruelty to animals in the first degree.

KRS 525.130  Cruelty to animals in the second degree 

KRS 525.135  Torture of a dog or a cat.

KRS 436.610 Confiscation of animals on premises where violations of KRS 525.125 and 525.130 occur. 

KRS 258.005  Definitions for KRS 258.005 to 258.087 

KRS 258.095 Definitions for KRS 258.095 to 258.500 

KRS 258.119  Animal control 

KRS 258.015  Rabies vaccine requirement & and Tag removal 

KRS 258.085  Quarantine of animals suspected of having rabies 

KRS 258.035  Vaccinated in another state

KRS 258.255 Confinement and control of female dog when in heat 

KRS 258.065  Reporting animal bites to the health department

KRS 258.212 Tampering with or removal of domesticated animal's identification 

KRS 258.245  Dogs with rabies vaccination and identification considered personal property and destruction prohibited 

KRS 258.265  Care and control of dogs

KRS 258.990 Penalties (including bites) 

KRS 67.592 (1 B, 6)  Seized and forfeited animals invalided in a crime

KRS 258.135 Ordinances for animal licensing 

KRS 257.105 Sale of unclaimed animals held by veterinarian 

KRS 258.215  Seizure, impounding, and destruction of dogs

                           Holding period before destruction. 

                           Reclaiming 

                           Fees 

                           Quarantine  

KRS 258.235 Authority to kill or seize dog  

                           Return by court to owner of vicious dog 

                           Liability for damage 

                           Proceeding by person attacked by dog 

                           Disposition of dog after seizure 

                           Powers of animal control officer 

                           Vicious dog not to run at large.   

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KRS about Cats

KRS 525.125  Cruelty to animals in the first degree.

KRS 525.130  Cruelty to animals in the second degree 

KRS 525.135 Torture of a dog or a cat.

KRS 258.005  Definitions for KRS 258.005 to 258.087 

KRS 258.095  Definitions for KRS 258.095 to 258.500 

KRS 258.015   Vaccinations against rabies 

KRS 258.035  Vaccinated in another state 

KRS 258.065  Reporting Cat bites to the health department

KRS 258.085  Quarantine of animals suspected of having rabies 

KRS 258.119 Animal control 

KRS 258.212 Tampering with or removal of domesticated animal's identification 

KRS 436.610 Confiscation of animals on premises where violations of KRS 525.125 and 525.130 occur 

KRS 258.990 Penalties. 

KRS 258.135 Ordinances for animal licensing 

KRS 257.105 Sale of unclaimed animals held by veterinarian 

KRS 258.215  Seizure, impounding, and destruction of dogs

                           Holding period before destruction. 

                           Reclaiming 

                           Fees 

                           Quarantine  

KRS about Horses

KRS 257.472 Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Council  

KRS 257.490 Designation of employees as peace officers -- Qualifications -- Powers -- Manual. (ANIMAL CONTROL)

KRS 436.185 (SOARING) Exhibition of walking horse where the horse's front legs or hoofs show evidence of burns, drugs, lacerations or any pain inflicting device

KRS 446.010 Definitions 

KRS 422.280 Liability for damage to or loss of boarded horses 

KRS 259.105 Definitions for chapter.     

KRS 59.110 Stray horses and stray cattle   

KRS 59.120 Method of taking up and posting stray equines and stray cattle 

KRS 59.130 Property vests in taker-up after fifteen days following posting. 

KRS 59.140 Taker-up to pay owner value of stray equines or cattle, when -- Limitation of liability. 

KRS 59.200 Trespassing on park, camp grounds or floodwalls prohibited. 

KRS 59.210 Cattle not to run at large -- Damages -- Lien, impounding -- Powers of cities. 

KRS 59.990 Penalties. 

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KRS about Ferret

KRS 258.005 Definitions for KRS 258.005 to 258.087 

KRS 258.095 Definitions for KRS 258.095 to 258.500 

KRS 150.355 Ferret ownership 

KRS 258.215  Seizure, impounding, destruction and reclaiming ferret
KRS 258.015 Vaccinating against rabies
KRS 258.065 Physicians to report persons bitten ferrets 

KRS 258.085 Quarantine of animals suspected of having rabies 

KRS 258.990 Penalties. 

KRS about Animal Shelters

KRS 258.095  Definitions for KRS 258.095 to 258.500  

KRS 258.119 Shelter Standards

KRS 212.625 Animal shelter for animals.
KRS 258.195 Maintenance of animal shelters 

KRS 258.505 Use of gunshot as euthanasia. 

KRS 257.100 Destruction of suffering, abandoned, or hopelessly diseased animal 

KRS 67.592 (6) Seized and forfeited animals 

KRS 258.215  Seizure, impounding, and destruction of dogs

                           Holding period before destruction. 

                           Reclaiming 

                           Fees 

                           Quarantine  

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KRS about ANIMAL CONTROL

KRS 258.195 Each county shall employ an Animal Control Officer. 

KRS 436.605 Powers of animal control officers and humane agents.

KRS 61.300 Qualifications 

KRS 15.334 Mandatory training courses for law enforcement  

KRS 258.119 Animal control and care fund TRAINING Requirements. 

KRS 258.225 Animal control officers required to perform duties. 

KRS 61.990  Penalties for impersonating an animal control officer. 

KRS 258.505 Use of gunshot as euthanasia. 

KRS 257.100 Destruction of suffering, abandoned, or hopelessly diseased animal. 

KRS 436.610 Confiscation of animals used for fighting.

KRS 258.117 Animal Control Advisory Board. 

KRS 525.125 Cruelty to animals in the first degree. 

KRS 525.130  Cruelty to animals in the second degree 

KRS 525.135 Torture of a dog or a cat.


KRS about Veterinarians

KRS 321.181 Defines Animal 

KRS 321.185 Veterinarian-client-patient relationship and confidentiality.  

KRS 321.207 Certification of animal control agencies and animal euthanasia specialists. 

KRS 257.105 Sale of unclaimed animals held by veterinarian 

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KRS about Health Departments

KRS 258.085 Quarantine of animals suspected of having rabies. Owner responsible for fees. 

KRS 258.065 Physicians to report persons bitten by animals

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