As they say, people should be at war with their vices and at peace with their neighbors. The relationship between people and their neighbors is worth maintaining. Kentucky residents are well known to be livestock keepers. With most people having large herds, it becomes necessary to be on the lookout to protect the neighborhood. In other words, this helps protect those who own the livestock and those who live in the neighborhood from constant wrangles. As a livestock owner in Kentucky, here are some things you need to do to make sure you don’t land into trouble with your neighbors.

1. Keep Your Livestock Restrained 

We all know that livestock, when unmanned properly, can cause a lot of destruction out there, not to mention quarrels amongst neighbors. For instance, the flock gets into someone else’s land and feeds on an entire acre of corn. A different scenario is when a raging bull hits and injures a neighbor, or a vehicle veers off of the road and plunges into a flock of sheep.

Livestock owners in KY need to keep their cattle, sheep, goats, and other livestock animals restrained not to suffer harm or cause injury to other people. These could be through tethering, fencing, and locking them up in some cases. If you have suffered injuries in Kentucky involving neglected or unrestrained domestic animals, a Kentucky livestock accident lawyer can help get justice for you. They can assess your case and help you take the necessary legal action to pursue compensation for the harm caused in terms of pain and suffering, property damage, medical costs, and consequential damages such as lost income. As the victim, seeking legal action is the best way to protect your neighborhood after a Kentucky livestock accident.

2. Observe the Local Laws 

Kentucky is a place characterized by livestock keeping with almost every resident in the area owning an animal. For that reason, the local government has in place, laws that are meant to govern and enhance the interests of the people here. The following are some of the aspects that these laws address:

  • Number of animals allowed per household
  • The types of legal animals
  • Rabies vaccinations requirements
  • Leash requirements for dogs
  • Animal hygiene

The laws here are meant to ensure the safety of the people and the animals altogether. One specific law that is stressed is that of dogs. Each household has a specific number of dogs that it should have. At the same time, each of the dogs has to be licensed and needs to have a license tag on it. In case the dog happens to hurt anybody or livestock, then the owner will be liable. It is illegal to kill a licensed dog unless it poses an imminent danger to livestock or a human being. That being mentioned, you need to make sure your animals (especially dogs) are well trained and monitored so they don’t end up hurting people out there.

3. Vaccinating Your Animals 

In a place where you are all livestock keepers, there is a high probability of diseases spreading throughout the neighborhood and doing a sizeable amount of damage. Some of these diseases are avoidable by regularly vaccinating your livestock as well as treating any animal that shows signs of ailment. Vaccination and treatment of your animals do not only safeguard you from losses but the entire neighborhood as most people here in Kentucky are livestock keepers. If your animals are healthy and your neighbors do the same to make sure theirs are healthy, then the entire neighborhood will be at peace. Therefore, always keep an eye on the health of your animals.

4. Cleaning Up Regularly 

Yes, Kentucky is a place where animals and people have been known to co-exist but that doesn’t mean you throw away the entire meaning of a civilized community. Having animals means that you are ready to be responsible for them all through. One thing you need to look at is their hygiene. In this case, animal waste management is something that everybody living in Kentucky should be concerned about. Have you ever been to a place where animal farming (especially poultry-keeping) is done on a large scale? Regardless of how hygienic people here might get, there is always a characteristic smell in such areas. 

Now, let’s revisit Kentucky, where there are all sorts of animals. With all that waste from different animals not handled well, it can be very disgusting, perhaps even leading to zoonotic diseases. That is why, as a resident, you should take the initiative to ensure your animals live in a hygienic place. You will be doing yourself a favor, and at the same time, upholding your responsibility to the rest of the neighborhood.

Kentucky is well known worldwide for horse racing and livestock keeping. Whether you just moved here or you have been living in KY and now want to be a livestock keeper, there are few things you need to do to make sure your neighborhood is protected. The above piece covers some crucial actions you should take to make this possible.

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