By STU JOHNSON
A Frankfort boy’s idea to help bolster adoption of sheltered pets in Kentucky is moving in the general assembly. The piece of legislation received committee backing last week.
Seven year old Ethan Branscum has a suggestion to help more sheltered and rescued animals move into permanent homes. Giving those cats and dogs an official title he said may just help. Branscum won committee approval to have all these four legged animals deemed the state pets of the Commonwealth. “I thought that people would be more inclined to get animals if they were a state pet of Kentucky, especially shelter pets,” said Branscum.
Ethan has two dogs in his family, Hank and Liberty. His mom Miche Branscum said it’s right in line with a state bird and state flag. Versailles Representative Joe Graviss said this symbolic gesture could help pave the way for more animals to find permanent homes. “I think it will bring awareness to the plight of our animal shelters and the dogs and cats and other animals that reside there and hopefully we can get them into some good homes,” explained Graviss.
Ethan’s plea was well received in the committee. Representative James Tipton had a picture of his dog with him and Lexington Representative Kelly Flood admitted many lawmakers had been pondering ways to help sheltered animals.
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