May 23, 2022

Fighting Back Against Breed Discrimination in Your Community - KY


Many communities in Kentucky prohibit residents from owning certain breeds of dogs based on looks alone. These breed-specific laws are harmful to pets and people alike. Additionally, many rental properties and other housing units place restrictions on what sorts of dogs tenants can own based on breed, weight, or other factors. This leads many who are already facing housing insecurity with few options on where to go with their pets.

Join us to learn how you can fight back against these discriminatory policies in your community! We'll discuss the problems associated with breed-specific legislation (BSL) and recent momentum in KY to put an end to it.

  • Todd Blevins, a Kentucky native, is Kentucky state director for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). He previously served in leadership positions in both state and local government. Blevins is proud to advocate for animals at the state Capitol and in city halls around the state and welcomes anyone who wants to work on laws and policies to help animals in their communities.
  • Jessica Simpson is a Senior Public Policy Specialist for the HSUS. She specializes in companion animal policy and developing legislative strategies to eliminate housing barriers for pet owners, expand access to veterinary care, repeal breed-specific legislation and more by advocating to pass laws protecting companion animals at the local, state, and federal levels.