Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control (LFACC) provides the city's animal care and control services on behalf of LFUCG through an annual contract agreement. Located at 1600 Old Frankfort Pike, the LFACC shelter receives around 10,000 stray, abandoned and relinquished animals every year. LFACC operates 365 days a year to protect the animals of Fayette County and serve the community.
Every day, the dedicated staff of LFACC:
- Enforces local and state animal laws
- Provides lost and found services
- Provides safe shelter and care to stray and homeless animals
- Conducts animal cruelty investigations
- Provides emergency rescue services
- Manages the city’s pet licensing program
- Promotes responsible pet ownership
Stray Dogs & Cats: Stray dogs are held at the LFACC shelter for a minimum of five days and cats for a minimum of three days in the hopes that their owners will reclaim them.
Lost Pets: Owners of lost pets should visit the LFACC shelter as soon as possible to see if their pets have been brought in by a good citizen or rescued by an Animal Control Officer. Please understand that we cannot identify your pet over the phone; you must come to LFACC in person to look for your pet. Bring a color photograph and description of your pet. Also, bring proof of current rabies vaccination, city license and spay/neuter (if applicable).
Fines and other fees can be paid by cash or credit card. If your pet has not already been spayed or neutered at the time of fee payment, you will have the option to have your pet altered for $50 in lieu of paying higher “unaltered redemption” fees.
If your lost pet is not in our care, please utilize LFACC’s online lost and found pet listing in between your visits to the LFACC shelter. This listing, complete with photos, of lost and found Fayette County animals can be found under the “Lost & Found Pets” tab at www.lfacc.org.
Animal Licensing: All dogs and cats must be licensed annually starting at six months of age and rabies vaccinated at four months of age. Proof of rabies vaccination is required.
- License for an altered (spayed or neutered) dog or cat is $8.
- License for an unaltered dog or cat is $40.
- $25 of this fee goes directly into the LFUCG Spay & Neuter Fund.
- A license is good for 12 months.
- Dogs and cats must wear their license and rabies tags at all times.
- Assistance dogs are exempt from annual licensing.
- Licenses may be purchased or renewed at participating veterinarian offices (visit www.lfacc.org for a complete listing) or at the Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control office.
- Licensing is available in the LFACC office seven days a week. Monday – Thursday and Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Friday 10 am – 8 pm and Sunday 1 – 5 pm. Rabies vaccination with license purchase is $5.
- Mail-in license renewal is also available through LFACC. Visit www.lfacc.org, print the renewal form, and mail the necessary information along with a $1 (per license) processing fee to LFACC.
Kennel License: If you own eight or more dogs, you need to apply for a kennel license through LFACC. The annual license is $135, and all dogs must be current on their rabies vaccinations and city licenses.
Leash Law: All dogs in Fayette County must be on a leash, behind a fence or on the dog owner’s property under the owner’s supervision at all times when outside. Dogs cannot run-at-large, even under voice command, and they must wear their current license and rabies tags at all times.
Dog Parks: There are four locations in Fayette County where dogs can run off-leash in designated areas: Masterson Station Park, Jacobson Park, Coldstream Park and Wellington Park. For more information on the city's dog parks, please visit Parks and Recreation's page here.
Barking Dogs: If you are having a problem with a barking dog, please consider the following options:
Talk to your neighbor: Please give your neighbor the benefit of the doubt. In many situations, someone with a noisy dog may not realize that there is a disturbance. Dogs bark because of numerous reasons including loneliness, boredom, other animals, passersby or because they’re being teased. Doing someone a favor by informing them of the situation first could be the neighborly thing to do!
Put it in writing: If after talking to your neighbor the problem continues, write a letter reminding them of the situation. Try not to use a threatening tone and explain that if the problem doesn’t get better you will need to contact local authorities. Maintain a list of the occasions you’ve spoken to the neighbor about the problem. Be sure to record the dates, times and durations of barking.
The legal process: Call LFACC at (859) 255-9033 ext. 250 to file a noise disturbance complaint. Please leave a message with your name, address and phone number and the address of the noise disturbance.
Note: Continual dog barking is a misdemeanor violation that must be witnessed for legal action to go forward. If you have witnessed a violation and file a complaint to remedy a situation, it is likely that you need to appear in court.
As a first step, an informational letter will be sent to the complaint address notifying the resident a complaint was filed. If the barking persists, file a second complaint and an officer will be dispatched to the address.
If officer dispatch does not remedy the situation, to move forward with legal action it will be necessary for you to file a criminal complaint with the County Attorney's Office.
Call the County Attorney's Office at (859) 254-4941 to directly file an official complaint. Be prepared to report your contact information; whether or not you have spoken to your neighbor about the problem, and when, how often, and how many times the disturbance has occurred.
Pooper Scooper: Cleaning up after your pet is the law. All pet waste on public or unowned-private land must be sanitarily and properly disposed of in an appropriate trash receptacle. The “Pooper Scooper” ordinance is enforced by the Lexington Police Department at (859) 258-3600.
For more information regarding LFACC services and local animal ordinances, please visit our webpage at www.lfacc.org.
LFACC Contact Information
Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control
1600 Old Frankfort Pike
Lexington, Kentucky 40504
Stray Animal Receiving – Owner-Give-Up:
10 am – 6 pm (Monday – Thursday and Saturday)
10 am – 8 pm (Friday)
1– 5 pm (Sunday)
Noon – 6 pm (Monday – Thursday and Saturday)
Noon – 8 pm (Friday)
1 pm – 5 pm (Sunday)
LFACC Dispatch – Normal Business Hours:
8 am – 6 pm (Monday – Saturday)
9 am – 6 pm (Sunday)
LFACC Dispatch – After-Hours:
6 – 11 pm (Monday – Saturday)
These hours are for “priority-call assistance” through answering service: please leave a message with the answering service for an Animal Control Officer to return your call.
11 pm – 8 am (Monda – Friday)
11 pm – 9 am (Saturday)
6 pm – 8 am (Sunday)
These hours are for “emergency-call” assistance: during these hours, an Animal Control Officer is on-call for Police or Fire emergencies. If your situation is not an emergency, please call LFACC during Normal Business Hours (see above).
Phone: (859) 255-9033
Fax: (859) 259-1598