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Metro Council’s Animal Control Sub-Committee to Meet Today

Wednesday September 26, 2007

Louisville Metro Council
Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
Media Contacts:    
Stephen Haag, Jr.                                      
574-1204 / 645-1752
Tony Hyatt       
574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville, KY – Louisville Metro Council’s Animal Control Sub-Committee will meet at 4 p.m. today, Wednesday, September 26 in the Metro Council Chambers (3rd Floor, 601 West Jefferson Street). Sub-committee members will conduct their sixth informational meeting to review Louisville Metro’s Animal Control Ordinance (passed in December of 2006).

The Animal Control Sub-Committee meeting will include testimony from Mr. Bill Bruce, Director of Animal and Bylaw Services in the City of Calgary, Alberta. Mr. Bruce joined the City of Calgary in 1981 serving in a variety of roles before joining Animal and Bylaw Services in 2000. Bill came into the Animal and Bylaw area with a vision of moving the focus from enforcement to a broader goal of achieving and maintaining compliance to the City’s bylaws, utilizing tools such as clear, understandable bylaws and policies, partnerships, conflict resolution techniques and public education to raise awareness and improve voluntary compliance. Mr. Bruce believes that the municipality’s bylaws must reflect the standards of the community and that service should be delivered in partnership with communities, business groups, other agencies and city departments. In the Animal Control area, the focus has been to reduce the number or aggressive incidents involving dogs, increase the return to owner rates for both dogs and cats and work towards becoming a zero kill municipality.

The sub-committee will also hear testimony from Mr. John M. Snyder, Vice President for Companion Animals. The group is a component part of The Humane Society of the United States. Mr. Snyder began his career in animal protection in 1974 with the Alachua County Office of Animal Services in Gainesville, Florida. He retired as its Director in June 1988. He has presented workshops on animal care and control topics at the American Humane Association Conference; the National Animal Control Association Conference as well as training for Ontario Canada’s Animal Welfare Symposium, the Australian Urban Animal Management Conference and the governments of the Bahamas and Taiwan.

Kelly Downard (R) 16