Mayor Bill May has received more than 2,000 emails from supporters of an emergency ordinance to protect animals left out in the recent frigid temperatures, but he said animals are already protected under current city ordinances.
May said he got the first email about 8:30 a.m. Friday and has been receiving them almost non-stop since.
The emails appear to be linked to a Change.org online petition urging the mayor to act. It has more than 2,000 signatures, but it’s unclear how many are from Frankfort residents — signers include people from Venezuela, Mexico, France and Great Britain.
“If someone does call to report an animal that’s being left out in the cold they can call our Frankfort dispatch center and then our animal control officer can investigate,” May said.
The dispatch number is 502-875-8582.
May said a current ordinance penalizes people for leaving animals in unsafe conditions, and said the Frankfort City Commission could look to see if that law is deficient.
“If someone is mistreating animals, there will be a consequence,” he said of the current ordinance.
Police Chief Walter Wilhoite said residents who cannot care for their animals should take them to the humane society.