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Mayor Fischer Orders Complete Review of Animal Services

Friday January 7, 2011

Search for new permanent director will begin immediately

Citing lingering concerns over animal welfare and public safety, Mayor Greg Fischer today ordered a top-to-bottom review of Metro Animal Services and announced that his administration will immediately launch its promised search for a new permanent director of the agency.

The review is the second that Fischer has announced, following Public Works and Assets, to ensure that city departments are operating at their best.

The review will examine how Animal Services cares for animals, policies and procedures for euthanasia and will track the city’s adoption rate in recent years. The review will benchmark Louisville’s animal welfare and control efforts with other cities nationwide and look for best practices.

“As mayor, I want every city department to be the best in the world, and I believe that we can work together to improve Animal Services,” Fischer said. “The city has already made significant strides with the recent opening of the new adoption center in Newburg, but I believe we need to do even better.”

Sadiqa Reynolds, Chief of Community Building, will oversee the effort, which will include input from government employees and private citizens. She will immediately begin consulting with community and Animal Service leaders on the review and name a review team before Jan. 28.

Fischer said Animal Services Interim Director Wayne Zelinsky will remain in the role while the review is being conducted.

“I want to decrease the homeless pet population, reduce euthanasia and increase adoption rates – and we can look to other cities to see how they’ve accomplished those goals,” Fischer said.