Farmers not following rules with dead animals could pose dangers, face fines

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By Jimmie Earls

Although Washington County will soon have a new dead animal removal company providing service to the area, there are still some animal owners who will refuse to pay the $20 fee the county charges per visit to use the service. Dead animal pickups have dropped nearly 50 percent since the county started charging. So what’s happening with all of the dead animals not picked up by the county?

“This is a big issue in the state right now,” said William Clary, public relations officer with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. “The law has some very specific requirements about what can and cannot be done to dispose of carcasses. KRS 257.160 states that the carcasses must be disposed of in a proper manner. Some of those are more practical than others, depending on your circumstances. On-site burial is possible in some cases, if the soil conditions are correct and the remains will not leach into the ground water. Some people are able to incinerate them; some are able to take them to an approved landfill. It is the responsibility of the producer to make sure the carcass is disposed of in a proper manner.”

Clary said fines can and will be imposed on anybody violating the state law, and the amount can vary depending on the severity of the offense.

“Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall be fined not less than $10, nor more than $500,” Clary added. “I imagine it depends on the egregiousness of the violation. The main thing that we’re interested in is not imposing fines. That’s not the purpose of the regulations. The purpose of the regulations is to protect the public health.”


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