Two bills filed in the Kentucky legislature to combat a problem created by a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling have been assigned to the Agriculture and Small Business Committee. Earlier this year, the Court interpreted Kentucky statutes as permitting a landlord to be held liable when a tenant’s dog attacks someone on our about the leased premises. The Court determined that a landlord can be considered the statutory owner of the dog if the landlord has permitted the dog to be kept on the leased premises.
Because of the Court’s ruling, some landlords are not permitting their tenants to own pets, forcing tenants with dogs to either give up their pets or move. Representative Dennis Keene and Stan Lee have filed HB15 and HB 101, respectfully, to fix this problem.
KENTUCKY RESIDENTS: Please reach out to the members of the Agriculture and Small Business Committee, as well as the legislators for your district, and urge them to support these bills that would help Kentucky residents who rent their homes to keep their pets.
AGRICULTURE AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE:
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You can find the legislators for your specific district here.
For those not comfortable writing their own letters, Best Friends has issued an action alert that makes voicing your support for HB15 and HB101 extremely easy. We strongly encourage using the Best Friends’ alerts as they are extremely well written and always hit the key talking points of every issue.
Best Friends action alert and letter writing tool to contact officials: