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MAS Kennel Makeover

Thursday November 10, 2011

Metro Animal Services and Brown-Forman Install Barriers To Control Spread of Disease at Manslick Facility

SPOT Fund, Inc. continues its commitment to improving conditions for Metro animals

LOUISVILLE (November 11, 2011) Metro Animal Services teamed up with the SPOT Fund, Inc. and Brown-Forman to stop the spread of disease through nose-to-nose contact by installing barriers between each kennel run at the Manslick facility.

“One of the first priorities of our new management team was to get control of the spread of disease at Manslick,” said Louisville Metro Animal Services Director Justin Scally. “There’s only so much that can be done when dogs in different kennels are only separated by chain linked fence and are constantly spreading disease back and forth.”

Thanks to funding by the SPOT board and help from Brown-Forman, that is no longer a concern. Micro-Analytics helped Brown-Forman conduct the initial survey of the kennels to determine that ¼” non-porous plastic sheets were the most suitable and durable material for prevention of kennel to kennel disease spread. Parkland Plastics in Middlebury, Indiana offered the material “at cost” for the project.

“We are so excited to take part in this Day of Caring at Metro Animal Services and help install the barriers,” said Brown-Forman Global Health and Safety Director Jim Allsopp. “It’s great to see this project come to fruition. Our Brown-Forman Facilities Maintenance and Risk Management team developed a plan to orchestrate the installation of the barriers including pre-work cutting and assembling fastener materials needed to affix the panels to help create a healthier environment for the animals.”

The installation of the barriers is part of a larger commitment to improve the health and welfare of Louisville’s animals. It’s not a ‘solve all’ solution but it will help significantly. Metro Animal Services continues to make improvements including the implementation of a new standard operating procedure that involves proper sanitation measures at the Manslick and Animal House facilities, but help from the community to prevent the spread of disease via vaccination and responsible pet ownership practices is still needed.

“We are proud to support Metro Animal Services’ disease control efforts,” said SPOT Fund, Inc Chair Terri Cardwell. “This is proof that the community is willing to lend a hand for the animals of Louisville Metro. We will continue to support Justin and his team through community fundraising, donations and contributions which directly go to the SPOT Board, with the mission of improving animal welfare.”