Louisville Kentucky Federal Court Decision
I got this from yesterday's ShowCardi. So I think since this is a Federal Court decision... then I think it makes that whole thread about "if your dog even looks wild it can be shot" illegal.
> Date: October 5, 2009 1:07:51 PM EDT
> Subject: Louisville Kentucky Federal Court Decision
> DEAR FRIENDS OF THE LOUISVILLE KENNEL CLUB & THE KENTUCKIANA CLUSTER
> DOG SHOWS:
> Below is an important MESSAGE to dog lovers everywhere!!! The
> ruling in
> the lawsuit earlier filed by the Louisville Kennel Club (and a variety
> of other groups) against the Louisville Metro Government was handed
> by Judge Charles Simpson late last week. As you can see from the
> narrative below, we are VERY HAPPY!!!
> Please feel free to cross-post to your breed message boards (and
> anywhere else).
> As always, thank you for your CONTINUED support of the Kentuckiana
> Cluster AND the Louisville Kennel Club.
> If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact
> KC President (and Canine Legislative Chairman) Donna Herzig at
> 502-339-7062 or [email protected].
> Dianne O'Regan, National/Regional/Local Specialty Coordinator
> Kentuckiana Cluster of Dog Shows
> Via Barbara Haines, LKC
> This precedent has far-reaching implications, and sets the stage for
> class-action lawsuits nationwide - anywhere similar ordinances have
> enacted, and Constitutional rights of pet owners have been violated
> Highlights of the FEDERAL ruling:
> 1. Pets are personal property, under the Constitution. Due process,
> and seizure, etc.. (all protections provided by Constitution) apply to
> You are the OWNER of your pets (not the "guardian.")
> 2. Requirements for housing, treatment, etc.. cannot be mandated by
> legislation to be different for intact dogs (vs. altered dogs.).
> 3. Seizure bond is FLAT-OUT illegal and unconstitutional. This
> constitutes unlawful taking of personal property. If, after search
> is obtained, a person is arrested and their dogs are seized, their
> must be held AS IS (cannot be sterilized while held, cannot be sold,
> "transferred" or euthanized) unless the owner is found guilty after
> Meantime, owner DOES NOT have to pay a dime for their care, until/
> they are found guilty of the charges