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Councilwoman Ward-Pugh to host Pet Overpopulation Summit

Wednesday May 12, 2004

Media Release
For Immediate Release

For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin

Patrick H. Neely

Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, along with Mayor Jerry Abramson and Pet Groups United, a Louisville-based coalition of animal welfare and protection organizations, will host the Louisville Pet Overpopulation Summit: Strategies for Creating Humane & Non-Violent Neighborhoods from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, May 22 at the Bill Collins Ford Antique Car Galleria, 4220 Bardstown Rd.

Neighborhood leaders, civic groups, government officials, veterinary professionals, animal welfare organization leaders/volunteers and concerned citizens are invited to attend this free event.

"I'm excited to join Mayor Abramson's effort to end animal cruelty by bringing all animal providers around one table and take the opportunity to address this growing problem," Ward-Pugh said.

During the summit, Dennis Stearns, vice president and founder of No More Homeless Pets (NMHP) of the Triad, will outline how Greensboro, North Carolina and other cities have adopted strategic plans to effectively end the overpopulation problem in their area, saving thousands of animal lives. Equally as significant, the program has saved thousands of taxpayer dollars in housing, feeding and euthanizing stray animals.

"The positive impact a program like this could have in our community and neighborhoods in terms of saving animal lives and reducing the violence at all levels of society - whether youth, school or domestic - is significant," said Ward-Pugh, D-9. "I hope anyone who is concerned about the safety and welfare of their neighborhood will come to the summit and take the first step toward a more humane and non-violent community."

The summit is open to the public, but participants are requested to RSVP by calling 502-899-PETS, or by emailing

Additional information is available at


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