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Ky county may ban fish, other creatures as prizes

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POSTED January 7, 2012 1:05 a.m.

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Goldfish given as prizes at carnivals may not go home with winners if a western Kentucky county has its way.

The Daviess County Fiscal Court is weighing an ordinance that would prohibit using live animals, including goldfish, as prizes in any game of chance.

County Commissioner George Wathen on Thursday pushed to include goldfish, which are frequently given as prizes in plastic bags, in the ordinance. Commissioners approved the inclusion on the first reading of the ordinance.

The Daviess County Animal Control Board pushed for the measure.

Judge-Executive Al Mattingly told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer that children have won bunnies or chicks at carnivals, and their parents haven’t wanted to care for the animals. Mattingly said many end up at the animal shelter.

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