Link to Kentucky Revised Statutes
Rabies Vaccination and Bite Quarantine Laws
258.005 Definitions for KRS 258.005 to 258.087.
258.015 Dogs, cats, and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies — Issuance and distribution of certificates — Tags for dogs — Requirements for compliance by qualified persons — Cat and ferret owners — Feral cats.
258.035 Dog, cat, or ferret vaccinated in other state need not be revaccinated.
258.043 Mass immunization clinics. (Effective until July 1, 2019)
258.043 Mass immunization clinics. (Effective July 1, 2019)
258.055 Quarantine in case of rabies epidemic — Emergency vaccinations.
258.065 Physicians to report persons bitten by dogs, cats, ferrets, and other animals — Reporting when local health department is closed.
258.075 Secretary for health and family services to administer rabies law.
258.085 Quarantine of animals suspected of having rabies — Destruction of animal in lieu of quarantine — Exceptions — Head of animal suspected of being rabid to be sent to laboratory.
258.087 Authorization to provide for more stringent regulation of rabies control.
Animal Control and Sheltering
258.095 Definitions for KRS 258.095 to 258.500.
258.117 Animal Control Advisory Board — Purpose — Promulgation of administrative regulations — Membership.
258.119 Animal control and care fund — Distribution of moneys — Eligibility requirements.
258.135 Establishment of dog licensing program by county or city ordinance.
258.195 Employment, appointment, or contract with animal control officers — Establishment and maintenance of animal shelters — Intergovernmental agreements — Authority of animal control officers.
258.212 Tampering with or removal of domesticated animal’s identification prohibited — Exceptions — Penalty.
258.215 Seizure, impounding, and destruction of dog lacking rabies tag or other identification — Holding period before destruction — Notice to owner — Reclamation of dog, cat, or ferret — Fees — Quarantine — Exemption of hunting dog.
258.225 Peace officers and animal control officers required to perform duties — Interference prohibited.
258.235 Authority to kill or seize dog — Return by court to owner of vicious dog — Liability for damage — Proceeding by person attacked by dog — Disposition of dog after seizure — Powers of animal control officer — Vicious dog not to run at large.
258.245 Dogs with rabies vaccination and identification considered personal property — Destruction prohibited.
258.255 Confinement and control of female dog when in heat.
258.265 Care and control of dog — Destruction of dog running at large at night — Exemption for hunting dogs.
258.335 False statements and concealment of facts prohibited.
258.365 Other state and local laws not affected.
258.500 Persons with assistance dogs not to be denied accommodations, transportation, or elevator service — Conditions — Exemption from licensing fees — Denial of emergency medical treatment for assistance dog prohibited.
258.505 Use of gunshot as euthanasia.
Chapter 258 Penalties
Kentucky Animal Cruelty Laws
Chapter 525 Riot, Disorderly Conduct, and Related Offenses
525.125 Cruelty to animals in the first degree
525.130 Cruelty to animals in the second degree – Exemptions — Offense involving equines.
525.135 Torture of dog or cat
Enforcement Power and Obtaining Warrants
Chapter 436 Crimes Against Morality
436.600 Dyeing or selling dyed baby fowl or rabbits
436.605 Animal control officers and humane agents have powers of peace officers, except power of arrest — Search warrants — Execution of search warrants — Arrest by peace officer.
436.610 Confiscation of animals on premises where violations of KRS 525.125 and 525.130 occur.