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February 5, 2014

Puppy mills face 'ruff' future

Fiscal Court drafting ordinance to control a doggone problem


Somerset —

Rogers said county officials shouldn’t hesitate to seek help from animal welfare agencies. 
“I’m here in Kentucky and we have an entire team ... we have tractor trailers, we have satellite trucks, all the things you need to respond to a disaster,” said Rogers. “ ... We have all these services available to help. So just know that we’re ... here to help you.” 
Bullock said he and other county officials would be glad to scrutinize the ordinance. 
“We’d be happy to look at the ordinance. We want to do whatever we can do to prevent this kind of thing from happening ... this Dream Catcher thing has been a nightmare,” said Bullock, who added they appreciated the help they received in the case. 
Emmons said local volunteers are hopeful the county can set a precedent for other counties to follow in drafting animal protection ordinances.
 “If ... we hold these people accountable, there will be less and less of this,” said Emmons. “ ... If we have the laws and set the standards, other communities will do the same.” 

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