Paws 4 the Cause is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing animals from extreme situations — currently developing a community center which will feature an expanded kennel area and low cost spay/neuter. They will host Barktoberfest, 11 am to 6 pm, at Hamburg’s Liquor Barn on Saturday October 9.


Dog Park Safety 

Councilmember Josh McCurn, District 2 recently reported that at a Masterson Station Parks Advisory Board Meeting, they learned of an incident where a small dog was attacked by an unattended larger dog, and the smaller dog did not survive.

“This led to a lengthy discussion of what to do regarding dog park rules and setup. While discussions are ongoing with the Friends of the Dog Park, we wanted to remind everyone of the rules for dog park use. Please be a responsible pet owner. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the dog park without fear of losing their fur baby.

  • Owners are legally responsible for the actions of their dog(s).
  • Dog waste must be cleaned up by owners.
  • “Off-leash” does not mean unsupervised. Owners must be within the park and within view of their dog(s) at all times.
  • Aggressive dogs must be leashed and removed immediately. Dog owners must have a leash available at all times.
  • All children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Small children must be kept under strict supervision by an adult.
  • Dogs must be leashed while entering and exiting the dog park.
  • Female dogs in heat are prohibited.
  • Owners must fill any holes dogs dig.
  • All dogs must have proof of appropriate licensing and vaccinations.
  • Please do not bring food for yourself or your dog inside the dog park.

Note: If you observe aggressive dog behavior or have animal care concerns, please call Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control at (859) 255-9033 during their normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Leave a voice message for after-hours questions. Visit for additional information on animal care and control in Fayette County.

We also discussed the issue of dogs running off of a leash outside of the dog park in Masterson Station. Please remember that all dogs in Fayette County must be on a leash, behind a fence, or on the dog owner’s property under the owner’s supervision at all times when outside. Dogs cannot run-at-large, even under voice command, and they must wear their current license and rabies tags at all times. While you may not think it is bothering anyone, please remember that horseback riding takes place and dogs off the leash can startle horses, resulting in serious injury.

We appreciate everyone’s desire to make the park a safe and happy place for all to play!”

This article also appears on page 19 of the October 2021 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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