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Johnson calls for review of local ordinances involving removal of dead animals in certain areas of Metro Louisville

Friday November 30, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) says the time has come to review all local ordinances involving the removal of dead animals found in certain areas of Metro Louisville. The Councilman believes there must be a better way to handle a recent situation he found himself involved in.

“My office dealt with a problem of a dead deer illegally dumped on the property of a constituent. That is the reason why we need to review our current ordinances and the responsibilities of agencies that handle these kinds of situations,” says Johnson.

This week, Johnson’s office dealt with a call from a resident who found a dead deer that had been illegally dumped in a garbage can. The resident was unable to get Metro Solid Waste to take it away.

“I finally went to her home in my pickup truck, picked up the deer and took it to the landfill,” says Johnson. “I find it hard to believe that no metro government agency was able to handle this kind of situation where a deer was literally dumped on this resident. Something needs be done.”

The Councilman says the Metro Council has focused much attention on the problem of illegal dumping over the last year. He believes this is yet another example of illegal dumping.

“I will be talking with other members of the Council to see if they have had similar calls about dead animals found on private property,” says Johnson. “We know Metro Government and the state take care of any dead animals found on a street or thoroughfare but this may be a problem for others.”

Dan Johnson (D) 21