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Pit bull attacks 2-year-old ...Dog Days 2017?

Anderson County EMS workers load a 2-year-old child into a waiting ambulance this morning after being bitten in the face by the family's pit bull.Anderson County EMS workers load a 2-year-old child into a waiting ambulance this morning after being bitten in the face by the family's pit bull.Date: 07-19-2017

A 2-year-old child suffered severe lacerations to the face this morning during an attack by a pit bull.

The incident occurred around 9:15 a.m. at 400 North Main St. in Lawrenceburg.

The child was transported by Anderson County EMS to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with what first responders said were non-life threatening injuries.

The dog was a family pet that had never bitten anyone, according to Shane Bast, director of the county’s animal control unit who is investigating the incident.

He said the dog has been secured and that the child’s mother told him she wanted the dog put down today.

Bast said that can’t happen because he’s required by law to quarantine the dog for 10 days.

“I’m going to watch it for 10 days,” Bast said, adding that the mother told him the dog had been vaccinated for rabies.

“After that, if she wants to euthanize the dog, and I think she will, she can.”

Bast said if the mother changes her mind, he would take the matter to court to have the dog declared vicious.

“Based on what I saw, that wouldn’t take much,” he said.

Bast said he dealt with dogs near that home the night before when he had to take custody of three pit bulls at the corner of Ballard Street and North Main. He said those dogs were friendly, but had to be taken in because they were running loose.

By Ben Carlson
The Anderson News


Date: 06-16-2017

Biotechnology company opens mosquito factory in Lexington

A Lexington biotechnology company aimed at fighting mosquito-borne diseases such as the Zika virus opened a mosquito factory Wednesday on Malabu Drive.

MosquitoMate, founded by University of Kentucky entomology professor Stephen Dobson, will use the 6,000-square-foot space to raise millions of sterile, non-biting mosquitoes that will act as a “biopesticide” against other mosquitoes that sometimes carry infectious diseases. The company opened a research and development center on Regency Road four years ago, Dobson said.

According to MosquitoMate, the new lab will be able to raise more than 50 million eggs and three million male mosquitoes per week. Those male Asian tiger mosquitoes, or ZAP mosquitoes, do not bite and are sterile, so when they mate with a female mosquito, her eggs will not hatch. 

The company and its partners have conducted successful trials in California, New York and Lexington that dramatically decreased the population of biting mosquitoes, according to a news release.

MosquitoMate grew out of research done at UK.

Dobson said MosquitoMate has been operating under an experimental use permit for the last few years, and the Environmental Protection Agency is currently reviewing its research.

If approved by the EPA, the company plans to sell its mosquitoes to homeowners, “ the people this technology is intended to serve,” he said.

“MosquitoMate has very much to be thankful for,” Dobson said. “We have come very far in just a few years.”

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and UK President Eli Capilouto attended the ceremony and noted the potential economic impact of the company, which plans to add 12 jobs at its new location. The company now has 10 employees.

“This story is a Kentucky story, a story of momentum,” Capilouto said. “There’s a lot more that can come out of the University of Kentucky.”

By Monica Kast
Lexington Herald-Leader


Date: 05-30-2017

The finches are chirping again — a sound that didn’t seem likely days earlier when the birds were apparently abandoned along with dozens of other exotic animals at Backwoods Pets on Louisville Road in Frankfort.

“When the finches cluster like that and chirp, that’s a happy sound,” said Jean Unglaub, volunteer coordinator at the Franklin County Humane Society.

Humane Society workers confiscated the animals on Saturday after a customer of Backwoods Pets alerted authorities upon finding the store’s door locked and seeing animals inside without food or water, said Shelter Manager Nancy Benton.

The birds — 45 in all — are now being housed in an upstairs room away from the barks and meows of animals that might stress them. The Humane Society, which is not typically equipped to deal with feathered visitors, is soliciting donations of perches for birds.

Some 49 rats as well as various rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, a chinchilla and a brown basilisk — which Benton likens to the Geico mascot — are also being temporarily housed at the Franklin County Humane Society, which has been overwhelmed by the influx of nontraditional pets. Other animals confiscated in the raid, including tropical fish and assorted reptiles, are being temporarily fostered at Petco and other partners of the Humane Society.

“It’s a matter of moving them into safety and getting them there as soon as possible,” said Unglaub, who is also soliciting donations of small rodent cages.

By Alfred Miller
The State Journal