*Help needed* Louisville KY!!

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    *Help needed* Louisville KY!!

    Please write letter to the folks listed below.
    This needs immediate attention and support.

    As many of you know, the Louisville Metro Area and all of its animal related
    organizations are in the "fight of their life." In response to two dog
    attacks last fall, Cheri Bryant Hamilton, a Metro Council member, proposed
    Breed Specific Legislation ("BSL";). The legislation was proposed
    notwithstanding a non- breed specific dangerous dog law currently on the
    books which was rarely enforced and not even understood by the current
    Director of Metro Animal Services charged with enforcing it. That
    legislation has morphed into a behemoth 100+page document seeking to
    regulate and conscript all dog and cat ownership, all farming, all equine
    activities, all hunting and virtually all related activities. The
    provisions range from requiring puppies to be liscensed at birth to
    mandatory spay-neuter, to unrealistic fencing requirements to exhorbitant
    license fees. The complete Draft 8 and the newly released Draft 9 can be
    found at [linkhttp://www.Louisville-pets.com]www.Louisville-pets.com[/link]

    This proposal if enacted and taken to its logical end would essentially
    eliminate pet ownership,the Louisville Kennel Club -Kentuckiana Cluster of
    dog shows feline activities as well as many other obedience, go to ground,
    specialty, agility, hunting, field trial, equine and other livestock events
    in Louisville Metro. The overbreath of this ordinance is by DESIGN as it
    was essentially written by Dr. Gilles Meloche, the new Animal Services
    Director and Pam Rogers legislative liason of the Humane Society of the
    United States.("HSUS";) Ms. Rogers was formerly with Fund for the Animals
    which merged with the HSUS. (See Leoweekly.com August 30,2006 Article by
    Stephen George). The ordinance is straight from the Animal Rights playbook
    and is an extension of the agenda of the HSUS director to "create a body of
    laws to protect animals from individuals'

    These types of laws are popping up all over the country as the HSUS has 8
    full time lawyers and an annual budget of over $100 million. If this
    ordinance can pass in Louisville, KY the heart of an animal friendly state
    with a focus on hunting, fishing, farming, equine and canine events, it can
    happen ANYWHERE. It is clear from the Leo Article and other sources that
    the current Mayor, Jerry Abramson, unequivocally supports the agenda set
    forth by Dr. Meloche and the HSUS representative. Kelly Downard is running
    for Metro Mayor in Novermber against the current mayor and HE GETS IT.
    Kelly supports and has consistantly supported fair, reasonable, non
    discriminatoty dog laws which punish the irresponsible and reward
    responsible pet owners. He does not believe in regulating farming or
    hunting and fishing as that is the perview of the Farm Bureau, the
    Department of Agriculture and the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    WE HAVE TO WIN THIS BATTLE. Please tell everyone that you know to support
    us in this endeavor. Go to akc.org or the naiaonline.org to read the
    Alerts and to send letters. Please help us by sending a donation $2,$5,$10
    to Kelly's campaign at Downard for Mayor, PO Box 7454, Louisville, KY 40257
    or on line at Downardformayor.com. We truely appreciate the support of all
    of our dog,cat, equine, farming and hunting friends and our cherished
    veterinarians. Together we can win this battle for all of us.

    Mailing Address:
    Louisville Metro Hall
    527 West Jefferson Street
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202

    Councilmember James Peden
    Phone: 502.574.1123
    Email: [email=james.peden@louisvilleky.gov]james.peden@louisvilleky.gov[/email]  

    Councilmember Barbara Shanklin
    Phone: 502.574.1102
    Email: [email=barbara.shanklin@louisvilleky.gov]barbara.shanklin@louisvilleky.gov[/email]  

    Councilmember Cheri Bryant Hamilton (author)
    Phone: 502.574.1105
    Email: [email=cheri.hamilton@louisvilleky.gov]cheri.hamilton@louisvilleky.gov[/email]  

    Councilmember Rick Blackwell
    Phone: 502.574.1112
    Email: [email=rick.blackwell@louisvilleky.gov]rick.blackwell@louisvilleky.gov[/email]  

    Councilmember Robert Henderson
    Phone: 502.574.1114
    Email: [email=robert.henderson@louisvilleky.gov]robert.henderson@louisvilleky.gov[/email]  

    Councilmember Glen Stuckel
    Phone: 502.574.1117
    Email: [email=glen.stuckel@louisvilleky.gov]glen.stuckel@louisvilleky.gov[/email]  

    Councilmember Robin Engel
    Phone: 502.574.1122
    Email: [email=robin.engel@louisvilleky.gov]robin.engel@louisvilleky.gov[/email]  

    Councilmember Tina Ward-Pugh
    Phone: 502.574.1109
    Email: [email=tina.ward-pugh@louisvilleky.gov]tina.ward-pugh@louisvilleky.gov[/email]  

    Councilmember Tom Owen
    Phone: 502.574.1108
    Email: [email=tom.owen@louisvilleky.gov]tom.owen@louisvilleky.gov[/email]  

    Councilmember Vicki Welch
    Phone: 502.574.1113
    Email: [email=vicki.welch@louisvilleky.gov]vicki.welch@louisvilleky.gov[/email]  

    Councilmember George Melton
    Phone: 502.574.1115
    Email: [email=george.melton@louisvilleky.gov]george.melton@louisvilleky.gov[/email] 
    ** The Louisville Kennel Club would like concerned dog owners to please thank Councilmember Melton, who is retiring, as he has been a consistent supporter of responsible animal owners and reasonable animal control legislation.

    For more information, contact:

    Louisville Kennel Club
    Or go to [linkhttp://www.louisville-pets.com]www.louisville-pets.com[/link]

    Thank you for your support!
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    I live in Louisville. This whole thing is a mess. How is raising fees goign to help encourage licensing your animal?!! Right now its not that bad 7.50 on top of the rabies vacc fees. I love my animals and am law abiding here, but Shadow looks part pit. This whole ordinance scares the **** out of me. Shadow is 10 and right now, anything can take her away.
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