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What is the law regarding dog attacks in Kentucky?

As a dog owner in Kentucky, it is your responsibility to keep your dog safe and well-cared for. In addition, you must protect others from your dog if it is aggressive or could hurt someone. You also must understand the laws pertaining to dogs in the state so as to avoid a situation where your dog is taken away from you or you are strapped with a large court order to pay an injured person.

According to the Kentucky Legislature, if your dog bites or attacks someone, that person may file a vicious dog complaint with the court. To be found a vicious dog, your dog must have acted without being provoked. Once your dog is labeled a vicious dog, it must be kept contained on your property. It must be kept in a pen that has walls seven feet or higher with a top on it.  It cannot leave the pen unless going to the veterinarian. If your dog gets loose, then it can be taken by animal control and put down.

If your dog is attacking someone, then any citizen has the authority to kill or take your dog without your permission and without being held liable. If your dog goes on the land of a farmer or someone who owns livestock, he or she may also kill your dog if it is attacking livestock.

If your dog causes harm to any person or another animal, you are liable for the damages. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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