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"Our little hero" owners call 3 year old Chihuahua

JJ might shiver and cower when confronted by a stranger, as Chihuahuas often do, but the little dog acted heroically during a Wednesday morning emergency, according to owners David and Martha Murray.

The beloved 3-year-old pet was the first one in the home on the outskirts of Campbellsburg to become aware of the fire spreading through parts of the Summit Road mobile home and kept his family from coming to harm.

“If our dog hadn’t woke us up, I don’t think we’d be out here talking, because the smoke had engulfed the whole house,” David said.

When the fire started in the early morning hours, the couple was sleeping in recliners in their living room, as usual, due to ongoing health issues, the Murrays said. When the smoke started filling the mobile home and the other end of the hallway started glowing from the spreading flames, the full-blooded Chihuahua noticed first and acted.

“He kept running from chair to chair, jumping on us, barking,” David said.

Martha woke up and she shook David awake. While David threw water on the flames that were spreading to a bedroom, Martha called 911 to send the Campbellsburg Fire Department.

David felt he almost got the fire out, but then it flared up suddenly. The blaze pushed the family, including JJ and a second pet Chihuahua, Sissy, out of their home into heavy, soaking rains.

The firefighters arrived in a few minutes, lining up their three tanker trucks and three fire engines on Summit Road, containing the fire to the far end of the trailer. The Murrays learned from firefighters afterward they believed the problem arose above the ceiling, where a 220 electric wire going to the furnace shorted out. The resulting flames spread down into a bedroom closet.

“Once it hit the clothes, it was gone,” David said.

The Murrays and their dogs avoided any injuries, due to the early detection by JJ. Drenched, they spent the night in their Ford minivan parked in the driveway and met the insurance adjuster who came out the next day.

Their home was declared a total loss, the Murrays said. Much of the insurance payment for the mobile home will go to the bank.
They will look for another trailer to pull onto their nearly two acres and scrap the damaged one.

“I’d like to thank each one of the firefighters who were here,” Martha said. “They did a wonderful job putting it out.”

Red Cross provided assistance, Henry County Helping Hands brought clothes for the Murrays and Martha’s coworkers at Providence in New Castle also helped.

The Murrays also felt pride in JJ, who added lifesaving to his tricks of fetching the ball and rearing on his back legs with his front paws up in the air, which they refer to as “sitting pretty.”
“Our little hero,” as the Murrays call JJ now.

By Christopher Brooke
Henry County Local

Date: 01-22-2016

Legislation will put a leash on frivolous dog bite litigation

The state Senate passed legislation Thursday that supporters say will put a leash on frivolous dog bite litigation in Kentucky’s courts.

The proposed bill would protect landlords from being held liable when a negligent tenant’s canine bites someoneThe proposed bill would protect landlords from being held liable when a negligent tenant’s canine bites someoneSenate Bill 68, known as “the dog bite bill,” was introduced by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester. He said it would protect landlords from being held liable when a negligent tenant’s canine bites someone. SB 68 would do this by amending the current statute to modify the definition of persons who would qualify as the owner of a dog.

Alvarado said the legislation was prompted by a 2012 Kentucky Supreme Court opinion that a landlord could be considered a dog owner of his tenant’s dog for the purposes of legal liability. He said that opinion puts unfair pressure on property owners who may not even know that a dog is living on their property.

Sen. Robin L Webb, D-Grayson, was one of six Senators who voted against SB 68. A roll call vote was not available at the time of this post.

“It would totally take the landlord out of any potential recovery, whether they knew, not knew, promoted, or encouraged any activity,” she said. “It would fully insulate the landlord regardless of conduct.”

SB 68 now goes to the state House of Representatives for further consideration.

Staff Report
Crittenden Press

Date: 01-22-2016

Some don't want stray cats re-released

City council discussed options for rounding up stray cats in the city and having them spayed or neutered, then re-released.

Augusta city council members covered a short list of agenda topics before going into an executive session Wednesday night.

As they had in the November and December 2015 council meetings, council discussed options for rounding up stray cats in the city and having them spayed or neutered, then re-released.

The re-release was not the most desired method, but at least the feral cats would not be reproducing, officials said.

“Some of the folks who have been trying to get this done have been able to get about nine of the cats caught and altered, but there are more,” said councilman Wendell High on Thursday. “But it has been cold, so that plays into what can be done right now.”

Ongoing problems with the feral cats include protective felines lashing out at pedestrians, trash bin messes and general use of flower beds, porch furniture and yards by cats wandering the city.

City officials are continuing to ask for volunteers to form a trap-neuter and release group, High said.

Anyone interested in helping should contact Lacy Holleran at the Augusta Tourism office, 606-756-2183, or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

By Wendy Mitchell
Ledger Independent