A small neighborhood in Kentucky has banned dogs.
Not all dogs, mind you. Just the big, fun, and cuddly dog breeds.
Welcome to McConnell’s Trace in Lexington Kentucky, a small subdivision that until very recently didn’t have draconian measures that banned an entire swath of dog breeds.
Previously, the neighborhood association’s documents required that all “aggressive breeds” be kept from the premises. The association didn’t specify what constituted an “aggressive’ dog breed, so everyone just ignored the line in their leases and bought whatever dog breed they wanted.
However, residents received a rude awakening last week when letters went out clarifying what constituted aggressive, and the list of breeds is long and broad.
According to documents for McConnell's Trace Subdivision, the list of banned breeds includes German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Doberman Pinschers, Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Chows, Great Danes, St. Bernards, Akitas, and of course, Pit Bulls (including American Staffordshire Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and “any dogs containing characteristics of these breeds”).
We’re not even going to get started on the vastly misunderstood and much-maligned Pit Bull, the cuddliest, lovingest dog breed around, but St. Bernards?! On what planet can a St. Bernard be considered dangerous?! Or Great Danes, the gentle giant of the canine world?
Naturally, homeowners were outraged. Not only was the list compiled completely in secret, the homeowners association was never even contacted to vote on the approval of the list.
The dog-scrooge who made the list of “aggressive” breeds was none other than neighborhood association president, Josh McCurn. Who, by the way, owns a Doberman Pinscher but says that dogs that were previously owned will be grandfathered in.
Thanks, Josh. Way to spread the word that not all “aggressive” breeds are dangerous.
McCurn told Kentucky.com that he’s “heard it from both ends of the spectrum” of the dog breed debate, but we find that hard to believe.
There is a neighborhood homeowner association meeting scheduled for May, so hopefully some dog-loving McConnell’s Trace residents with some sense will be able to get things changed.