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City Of Horse Cave 


Hart County Animal Control




  •  By Ordinance 2008-01, adopted March 10, 2008, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and the like or any dog deemed dangerous by the Animal Control Officer will not be licensed or allowed in the city of Horse Cave.  

  • The city of Horse Cave requires pets (dogs and cats) to be licensed. License are $5.00 (spayed and rabies shots/vet proof required) or $20.00 (not spayed/no proof) due each July 1. Animals without rabies shots can not be licensed.  

  • NOTE: A service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS, COMFORT, ANIMALS, AND THERAPY DOGS ARE NOT SERVICE ANIMALS UNDER TITLE II AND TITLE III OF THE ADA. A doctor's letter DOES NOT turn an animal into a service animal.   

  • A maximum of three pets are allowed at any residence. More than three pets requires a kennel license and is not allowed in R-1/R-2 (residential) zones. 

  • All animals/pets must be confined to the owners property or in control of the owner at all times. Please be respectful to neighbors and their property. 

  • Animals or pets in violation of Ordinance 2008-01 may be picked up by the Hart Co Animal Control Officer and transported to the Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society for longer term confinement, adoptions, or humane destruction. 

  • Swine and bees are also forbidden in the city. 

  • Other animals are allowed with proper non-escape confinement but may be subject to City ordinance #92.08 which pertains to disturbing noises as well as the Horse Cave Zoning Ordinance.   

For Emergencies, dial 911

Non-emergencies, 270-524-0011

For Message ONLY Tip LIne, dial_(270)786-4357  


All request for Horse Cave Police Dept assistance must be logged through dispatch at the phone numbers above.

Do not call City Hall for police assistance.  

Mailing Address:

Horse Cave Police Dept

P.O. Box 326

Horse Cave, KY. 42749


The primary mission of our department is to provide around the clock service to the city in an effort to preserve the public peace, protect the rights of persons and property, prevent crime, and provide assistance to citizens in any situation.

Members of our police department understand that the citizens have a right to expect the best from us, and we work very hard to live up to these expectations. All of our officers are fully certified and dedicated to serving and protecting the Community of Horse Cave and its citizens.

Any comments or concerns, please contact Chief Heather Childress:



Chief Heather Childress [email protected]         


Officer Derrick Murphy


Officer Eddie Dockery


Officer Tim Highbaugh (PT)


Officer Rodney Sponhouse


Officer David Houchens (Caverna SRO)

Serving the Community