Neighborhood bans 11 large dog breeds

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Dogs are known as man’s best friend, but what if the neighborhood you live in tried to tell you what breeds your best friend can or cannot be?

One in Lexington is doing that and homeowners aren’t happy.

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11 big dog breeds are now banned from McConnell’s Trace in Lexington.

Those are German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Doberman Pinschers, Pit Bulls (including American Staffordshire Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers or any dogs containing characteristics of those breeds), Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Chows, Great Danes, St. Bernards and Akitas.

Existing pets are grandfathered in, meaning homeowners can keep them. However, the change prevents new ones from being adopted in the neighborhood, and residents say it could keep new people from moving in.

The change comes from McConnell’s Trace developer Dennis Anderson.

Josh McCurn, President of McConnell’s Trace Homeowner’s Association says the board never voted on the amendment, explaining it all came from the developer.

McCurn tells ABC 36, if the HOA had any say, it wouldn’t have passed, explaining all board members have expressed their disapproval of the change.

McCurn says he talked with Anderson and says the motivation behind the amendment is clear. He explains there were two sets of development inside McConnell’s Trace, old and new. Each of those, he said, had different deed restrictions. He says this amendment unified the entire neighborhood in regards to deed restrictions.

Still, McCurn, owner of a now banned Doberman Pinscher, doesn’t agree with the rule change. He’s encouraging everyone to sit down and talk about the decision at a town hall.

Anderson is invited, and people will be bringing their big dogs to show him what they are really like.

That town hall is scheduled for Friday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. It will be at Masterson Station Park, across from the McConnell’s Trace neighborhood.