Madison County Enviromental & Animal Care
Scott Tussey, Director
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The Madison County Animal Shelter is the animal enforcement agency for Madison County. This Shelter was established in accordance with the Kentucky Revised Statute and our mission is to provide services that safeguard the public health and safety and to care for the animals in its care.
This shelter will protect the animals in our county from abuse and neglect and provide its citizens with information concerning responsible ownership.
Three full time Animal Control Officers are employed and are empowered to enforce animal cruelty statutes, KRS 258 relating to canines, as well as County canine nuisance and licensing ordinances.
This web site is designed to help us serve the citizens and the animals of our community. You may obtain information on animal adoption, licensing, laws, animal control programs, and upcoming events.
We love our animals! We sure hope you will, too! Maidson County Animal Shelter has a wonderful cast of furry friends looking for a good home.
Adoptable canines, turned in by owners, and canines belonging to the Animal Shelter, can be adopted Monday through Saturday, 12:00 PM - 15 minutes PRIOR to closing. The current canine adoption fee is $35.00 and includes a partial vaccination, a license for Madison County residents, discounts on spay/neuter, microchip and a free veternarian check up.
Current adoption fees for felines are $20.00 and include partial vaccinations, discount on spay/neuter, microchip and a free veternarian check up. Only limited facilities are available for felines. Owned cats are accepted by appointment only, so call during business hours before bringing in felines. The Madison County Animal Shelter does NOT accept stray cats.
Animals housed at the Madison County Animal Shelter can be viewed from noon until 15 minutes PRIOR to close each day we are open (last 15 minutes are used to feed and complete any final adoption paperwork). You are welcome and encouraged to come visit all of our animals in our shelter and take one home with you!
Madison County Dog License
In Madison County (including dogs residing in the Cities of Richmond and Berea), all dogs require a license. Dog licenses are $5.00 and are the most efficient means of getting your dog back if he/she become lost. Dog licenses can be purchased at the Madison County Animal Shelter. Renewal begins on June 1 of each year.
Why is a License A County Law?
Dog licenses are required by County Ordinance and are used as proof of ownership. A copy of the serial number as well as the name, address, and phone number of the owner is retained by the Madison County Animal Shelter. Not only can animal control officers easily contact the owner of impounded canines so they can be reclaimed, but private citizens who find dogs with a license on their collar can call the Madison County Animal Shelter for help finding the owner to avoid impounding the dog and the associated fees.
Obtaining a dog license:
Madison County Animal Shelter
1386 Richmond Road
Berea, KY 40475
We accept cash or check only. If paying with check, you must have a valid driver's license.
Dog licenses expire annually on June 30.
*Note: You do NOT have to bring your dog in to obtain a license.
What services does the Animal Shelter offer?
The Madison County Animal Shelter dispatches Animal Control Officers who pick up stray canines as well as address possible violations of the state law and county ordinance regarding canines. We house dogs and cats for adoption as well as stray dogs looking for their owners. The staff can answer questions about animals, and serve as informational speakers for groups on a limited basis.
What are the general restrictions on dogs and cats in Madison County?
The County Canine Ordinance is a nuisance type ordinance. A verifiable complaint can be filed with an Animal Control Officer about canines causing a nuisance while off of the owners premises. Canines observed off of their owners property while an Animal Control Officer is addressing a variable complaint can be impounded.
Claiming fees will be charged to the owners of an impounded canine. The Cities of Richmond and Berea may have additional restrictions, but only County ordinance can be enforced by Madison County Animal Control Officers.
Felines are NOT regulated by county ordinance, therefore, pickup or the impounding of felines is NOT a function of Animal Control. State Statute also requires felines to be rabies vaccinated.
All canines are required to have a county dog license. Kentucky State Statute requires all canines to be Rabies vaccinated. For this reason, canines must wear both tags.
A few fall/winter tips from your Animal Control friends at the Madison County Animal Shelter:
Make sure your outdoor canines (dogs) have fresh unfrozen water and sufficient food, as well as shelter from the elements. Also, if you see a canine that may not be getting these necessary things, contact the Madison County Animal Shelter.
Make sure your pets are up to date on vaccinations. Cold weather adds stress to the animals immune system and may make them more susceptible to illness.
Children are back in school so remember to make sure your pets are contained at bus time, not only could they be injuried by the bus, but some animals become highly excited around large groups of kids and may react unusually in these conditions.
If you see loose dogs unattended, especially in cold weather, contact the Madison County Animal Shelter, the canine may be lost or abandoned.
License your dog. Dog Licenses are only $5.00 in Madison County and are the most efficient means of getting your dog back should he/she become lost.
Lastly, if you are looking for a furry friend to share that spot by the fire with on a cold winters day, adopt a pet from the Madison County Animal Shelter!
Madison County does not have mandatory garbage pickup for residents who live in the County. The incorporated areas of Richmond and Berea each have their own regulations pertaining to garbage collection inside their limit with a Franchise Hauler. Please visit the City of Richmond or City of Berea's websites for information about city garbage collection.
Residents must contact a company of their choice from the following approved list for garbage haulers in Madison County:
(City of Richmond Franchise Hauler)
2700 Winchester Road
Irvine, KY 40336
(Roll Off Dumpsters) 20, 30, 40 Yard
PO Box 56
Clay City, KY 40312
(Dumpsters) 20,30,40 Yard
CENTRAL KY LANDFILL (CKY)
DBA LEGACY CARTING
(Dumpsters) 20,30,40 yd.
Phone # 859-225-2521
493 Double Culvert Road
Georgetown, KY 40324
Phone # 859-986-2249
931 Gabbardtown Road
Berea, KY 40403
(City of Berea Franchise Residential Hauler)
Phone # 606-877-7760
PO Box 200
Pittsburg, KY 40755
Phone # 859-685-2729
(Dumpsters Only) 20, 30, 40 yd.
451 Conway Court
Lexington, KY 40511
130 Griggs Road
Waco, KY 40385
RUMPKE WASTE SYSTEMS
(Residential and Comercial/Dumpsters)
268 Midland Trail
Mt. Sterling, KY 40383
RHODUS GARBAGE SERVICE
5018 Cartersville Road
Berea, KY 40403
S & G SANITATION, INC.
(Dumpsters) 20, 30, 40 yd.
273 Winn Ave.
Winchester, KY 40391
SOUTHERN MADISON SANITATION
900 Gabbardtown Road
Berea, KY 40403
WASTE CONNECTONS OF THE BLUEGRASS
City of Berea Commercial/Dumpster Franchise Hauler
Phone# (866) 428-4208
Madison County Solid Waste offers to county residents a flat bed truck for disposal of waste or junk that you may have in your garage, basement, or storage building. Household garbage, household hazardous materials; construction demolition debris, and tires are not permitted to be disposed with this program.
The truck runs on a reservation schedule usually with a six to eight week wait. Reservations set at your residence are either from Monday to Thursday or Thursday to Monday. Please call (859) 624-4709 to reserve this service.
Loan-A-Truck Program Rules
1. Do not load items above the white line marked on the truck.
2. Do not load any of the following items below:
*Oil or Latex Paint
*Demoltion or Construction Materials
*Trees and Brush
Madison County Recycling program consists of approximately 2600 homes, in 59 neighborhoods, and three schools. Our recycling truck collects the recyclables here and transports them to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) sorting facility where they are processed and marketed. LFUCG pays Madison County for the previous months goods. Records of the program are collected and kept on file in our office. For the calendar year 2016, we collected 417 tons, which is an outstanding amount, considering the program recently started in February of 2012. Madison County Fiscal Court offers this service free to the citizens that live outside the incorporated limits of Richmond and Berea.
Bins for the recycling of electronic items are located at 321 North Madison Avenue and sent to Winchester for recylcing. The recylcling company pays the County for these goods on a weight/item basis. On average, several tons are processed monthly. This service is offered free to the citizens of Madison County.
View the Current Recycling Collection Calendar
View the Recycle Schedule
Recycling Program Rules
View the Recycling Program Rules
Removal of dead livestock is a water quality and public health issue, proper disposal is necessary for the overall environmental, health and safety of the public. Madison County Environmental and Animal Care Department will provide FREE OF CHARGE dead livestock carcass removal for livestock producers in Madison County.
Animal Removal Qualifications
To qualify for pickup, callers must ensure:
Madison County is not responsible for:
Producers desiring this service may call 859-624-4709 between the hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Calls after 11:30 am will be scheduled for the next business day. There will be no dead livestock picked up on weekends or county holidays.
To schedule a pickup, please use the online 'Report a Problem or Request Services' Form below.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ALL PRODUCERS PARTICIPATE IN THIS SERVICE FOR IT TO ACCOMPLISH ITS PURPOSE OF PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE COMMUNITY'S WATER SUPPLY AND OVERALL ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY.
Illegal dumping/criminal littering is a crime punishable by law (KRS 512.070). Illegal dumping is the unlawful disposal of used tires, construction debris, old appliances, furniture, as well as general household, commercial, and industrial wastes in places other than permitted facilities such as landfills and transfer stations. To report an illegal dump, please fill out and submit the form below.
Please do not use this service to report issues of an emergency nature or for conditions requiring an immediate response, such as life threatening conditions. If this is an emergency situation where the loss of life could occur call 911.
Madison County Solid Waste offers a Large Item Pickup to residents who live in Madison County. This excludes residents who live inside the city limits of Richmond or Berea.
Madison County Solid Waste picks up large items that your trash hauler will not take. Please use the online form below or call the Madison County Environmental and Animal Care office to schedule your pickup. Items are required to be put out on the curb/roadside of your residence the night before your scheduled pickup date.
Common items we pickup: couches, recliners, kitchen tables, furniture, mattresses, hot water heaters, hot tubs, basketball goals, refrigerators, deep freezers, stoves, washers and dryers, dishwashers, rolls of carpet up to 3’ long, grills, lawn furniture, large children toys, and swing sets.
Schedule your Large Item Pickup by using our online form.
Madison County's Litter Cleanup Program offers community organizations the opportunity to clean up trash on a County road in exchange for funds for their organization.
Eligibility: Organization must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, be able to provide a W-9 Form to the Finance Office (in order to issue payment at $100.00/mile rate), and are required to sign a legal waiver.
Registration: Signup for Litter Cleanup Here
Registration for Spring Cleanup: February 15-March 1
Spring Cleanup: March 1-April 30
Registration for Fall Cleanup: August 1
Fall Cleanup: September 1-October 31
All organizations are required to:
Groups must register by completing the above form or contacting the Environmental/Animal Shelter Office at (859) 624-4709. Once signed up, staff will determine how many miles of cleanup the groups can accommodate and how many miles they think they can effectively cleanup.
If you would like to participate or learn more about our Litter Abatement Program please contact our office at 859-624-4709.
The Madison County Fiscal Court enforces County ordinances and State laws relating to domestic animals for the protection of both the human and animal populations of Madison County. Our goal is to promote responsible pet ownership, as well as be receptive to the general public and allow people to address their concerns if one feels that an individual has violated our Animal Code Ordinance(s).
Madison County is responsible for overseeing ordinances that pertain to animals. Stray animals, dangerous animals, and animal cruelty reports are just a few of the calls that our Animal Control Team considers to be a high priority.
Usually, problems with barking dogs can be resolved without resorting to the police or court. If you are having a problem with a barking dog, please consider the following options:
Talk to your neighbor: Your neighbor may not know that their noisy dog is a disturbance, so give them the benefit of the doubt. Doing someone a favor by informing them is the neighborly thing to do, and your problem could potentially be solved by having a brief conversation with them.
Putting it in writing: If the problem still continues after talking to your neighbor, write them a letter reminding them of the situation. Make copies of the letter to keep for your records. If you eventually wind up in court regarding this issue, the judge will be more sympathetic if you first made at least soime effort to work the situatiuon out informally.
Begin the legal process: Madison County Fiscal Court understands that noise disturbances can disrupt the enjoyment of family activities and the peace of mind at your home. If you have taken the steps necessary by following the options listed above and your situation has not been resolved, please fill out the Report a Problem or Request Services form below to begin the corrective action process.
Our Animal Control Team serves the public by responding to and investigating animal complaints regarding stray or unwanted cats or dogs in Madison County. This service is provided under the authority of local and state regulations. Stray animals could also be the result of a lost pet, and one should contact the animal shelter to report a stray animal, or for inquiries on lost pets. Madison County only responds to and houses cats and dogs and does not handle nuisance wildlife. Use the Report a Problem or Request Services form below to address your issues/concerns.
Animal cruelty refers to the infliction of suffering or harm to an animal of any kind. This includes abuse, neglect, abandonment, fighting, and outright torture. The state of Kentucky classifies animal cruelty as a class D felony, and Madison County seeks the appropriate puinishment for such crimes. Those convicted of animal cruelty may face fines, imprisonment, or both.
If you have an emergency or priority call that requires an immediate response, contact our animal shelter at 859-986-9625.
To report a stray, dangerous animal, or animal cruelty, please use the
How do I Know if a Product is Hazardous?
A product is considered hazardous if it is corrosive, toxic, flammable, or reacts or explodes when mixed with other substances. Watch out for key words on labels such as poison, danger, warning, and caution. To find out how to properly dispose of hazardous waste, contact our Solid Waste Department at 859-624-4709.
What Are the Dangers of Improper Disposal?
Care must be taken to dispose of hazardous products in the proper way to reduce the environmental impact and safety hazards caused by disposal. Toxic products that are disposed of down the drain can cause water pollution and even damage plumbing and septic sewer systems. Madison County wants to make those aware of the dangers hazardous waste has on the environment, and more importantly, the County, and we appreciate those taking the right steps to dispose of their hazardous waste properly.
The Household Hazardous Waste Collection event takes place once a year, on the first Saturday in October at the Madison County Road Department (south). More information on this event will be provided around scheduled time.
Want to help?
The Madison County Animal Shelter accepts both monetary donations and donations of supplies. Any type of cleaning or disinfecting supplies are extremely useful as well as any canine or feline related care product. Adult canine and feline foods are usually sufficiently supplied by local stores such as Walmart, Kroger, Tractor Supply and Meijer. Puppy and kitten food as well as treats are sometimes in short supply.
1. Donate pet supplies: We are always in need of pet and cleaning supplies. Although we don't have a wishlist, some handy donations would include:
2. Donate household items: Pet supplies aren't the only supplies the shelter needs. Some other things that might come in handy for our shelter include:
3. Adopt a Pet: Our shelter animals are looking for their forever home! If you are interested in adopting a new furry friend, please contact our animal shelter at (859) 986-9625.
Spread the word about Spay/Neuter:
Help prevent the suffering of thousands of unwanted animals by spreading the word about spay/neuter. Shelters around the world are literally overflowing with homeless companion animals. More than 10 million adoptable companion animals are euthanized in shelters across the nation every year because of the pet-overpopulation crisis. Puppy mills (factory-like breeding facilities), "backyard" breeders, and accidental litters all contribute to this tragedy by bringing more animals into the world when there are not enough homes.
Altering (spaying and neutering) animals is the single most important step you can take to help combat animal overpopulation. Altering also provides health and behavioral benefits to animals!
On behalf of the Madison County Animal Shelter staff and all of the FUR babies here, we thank you in advance for thinking and caring about us with your donations. They are GREATLY appreciated!