(1) Any peace officer, animal control officer, or any person authorized by the board may destroy or kill or cause to be destroyed or killed, any animal found abandoned and suffering and not properly cared for, or appearing to be injured, diseased, or suffering past recovery for any useful purpose.
(2) Before destroying the animal the officer shall obtain the judgment to that effect of a veterinarian, or of two (2) reputable citizens called by him to view the animal in his presence, or shall obtain consent to the destruction from the owner of the animal.

Terms Used In Kentucky Statutes 257.100

  • Animal: includes every warm-blooded living creature except a human being. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Board: means the Board of Agriculture. See Kentucky Statutes 257.010
  • Certified mail: means any method of governmental, commercial, or electronic delivery that allows a document or package to have proof of:
    (a) Sending the document or package. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Owner: means any person owning or leasing from another, or having in charge any domestic animal. See Kentucky Statutes 257.010
  • Treatment: when used in a criminal justice context, means targeted interventions that focus on criminal risk factors in order to reduce the likelihood of criminal behavior. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010

(3) (a) Any animal placed in the custody of a licensed veterinarian for treatment, boarding, or other care, which shall be unclaimed by its owner or his agent for a period of more than ten (10) days after written notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, is given the owner or his agent at his last known address, shall be deemed to be abandoned and may be turned over to the nearest humane society or animal shelter or disposed of as the custodian may deem proper.
(b) The giving of notice to the owner, or the agent of the owner of the animal by the licensed veterinarian shall relieve the licensed veterinarian and any custodian to whom the animal may be given of any further liability for disposal.
(4) Abandonment shall constitute the relinquishment of all rights and claims by the owner to the animal.
Effective: June 25, 2009
History: Amended 2009 Ky. Acts ch. 22, sec. 9, effective June 25, 2009. — Amended
2004 Ky. Acts ch. 189, sec. 27, effective July 13, 2004. — Amended 1980 Ky. Acts ch. 114, sec. 56, effective July 15, 1980. — Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 109, sec. 1. –
– Recodified 1942 Ky. Acts ch. 208, sec. 1, effective October 1, 1942, from Ky. Stat. sec. 1246-2, 1246-3, 1246-4.