OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Officials in a western Kentucky county have approved a ban on livestock on smaller plots of land or close to dwellings.
The Messenger-Inquirer (http://bit.ly/18jKjVd) reports Daviess Fiscal Court approved the measure Thursday in a unanimous vote.
It prohibits keeping livestock on less than two acres of land and within 100 feet of a dwelling. However, it allows people who own at least half an acre to keep up to six hens in a coop in their yards, as long as the coop is more than 50 feet from a neighbor's house. It does not allow roosters.
Judge-Executive Al Mattingly said officials reviewed more than 40 other similar ordinances before deciding on language they agreed on.
"I think it a fair ordinance," he said. "It balances both sides. ... It's one of the hardest things we've worked on since I've been judge."
The new regulations will go into effect immediately.
The issue came up after some residents complained about a neighbor keeping sheep.
Although Commissioners Jim Lambert and George Wathen expressed some reservations about the ordinance, they both voted to approve it.
Lambert said he disagreed with parts of the measure, but said the court made a serious attempt to listen to both sides. "It's as good as we can do it," he said.
Wathen said extending the regulations was somewhat troubling, but apparently necessary.
"I feel like it's a good balance for people's rights," he said. "We debated every line. It's a good ordinance as far as it can be."
Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com