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Councilman Downard Disputes Assertions Made Regarding Metro Government’s New Animal Control Ordinance

Tuesday March 27, 2007

Louisville Metro Council
Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
Media Contact:     
Stephen Haag, Jr.
574-1204 / 645-1752

Councilman Kelly Downard (District 16) has released the following statement:

“I am encouraged at news of the increased licensing numbers over the past two months and agree with both Dr. Meloche and President Blackwell that the numbers are preliminary. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, Dr. Meloche was not able to provide a more comprehensive explanation of these early results. I intend to follow-up the presentation with specific questions to Metro Animal Services in an effort to gain insight into the statistics provided during our brief meeting yesterday.”

“As a person who believes increases in licensing fees work as a deterrent to proper animal licensing – I would caution people to wait at least until after the April 5th increases take effect to be able to analyze the ordinance’s impact.  I suspect the impending future increases have caused more people to license now, rather than waiting to pay more a few weeks later. It is far more likely that the announced amnesty period affected these license increases in the same manner as witnessed when Metro Government granted amnesty for parking tickets or property taxes. If it were announced that gasoline prices were increasing 43% next Monday, who among us would not fill up the over the weekend.”

Kelly Downard (R) 16