FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Department of Parks is putting out the welcome mat for pets.
In a new policy announced Tuesday for its 17 resort parks, the department immediately will allow pets in specially designated lodge rooms.
Pet owners will pay a $25 fee for each reservation. A limited number of rooms will be available for pets at each lodge.
Upon check-in, guests who choose a pet-friendly room will receive a copy of the park pet policy and will be required to sign a waiver verifying that they will comply with the policy.
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Guests who bring a pet into a room not designated for pets will be subject to an additional charge of $25 per stay and a $100 cleaning fee.
Pets are not allowed in state-park cottages. They may be brought into state-park campgrounds as long as they are on a leash.
Parks spokesman Gil Lawson said about two rooms at each lodge will be designated for pets.
"We've had a number of guests at the parks who requested this," he said. "We looked at policies at private hotel chains and came up with this policy."