President King Establishes Animal Services Ad-Hoc Committee

August 19, 2014

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Stephen Haag 574-1204 / 645-1752
Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-2633

Louisville, KY- Metro Council President Jim King (D-10) has announced the establishment of a new Animal Services ad-hoc committee. The committee will be tasked with reviewing reports on thevillevoice.com regarding Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) and their handling of an animal under their control.

The committee has been asked to review the actions of the department, hear from department leadership and review policies regarding the operations at LMAS. The committee will be comprised of five members and will be co-chaired by Councilman Kelly Downard (R-16) and Councilwoman Cindi Fowler (D-14).

?When the reports of problems came to my attention, I asked Councilwoman Fowler and Councilman Downard to quietly assess the situation and report back to me with their findings. On Monday, I met with them and they have expressed their concern that there are certain matters that we as a council should address.? - Council President Jim King
?This committee will focus on getting a complete examination of Louisville Metro Animal Services. We take our legislative responsibility of oversight seriously and we intend to gather information to ensure that the best interests of our animal population are being served? - Councilman Kelly Downard
?We must take up this issue to find the facts of the situation and rectify any problems that surface from our inquires. We appreciate the cooperation of LMAS and the administration as we conduct this fact finding mission". - Councilwoman Cindi Fowler

The Metro Council Animal Services Ad-Hoc Committee will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, August 27 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chambers of the Louisville Metro Council. Full membership for the committee will be announced in the coming days.

The Animal Services Ad-Hoc Committee will not process legislation or take votes on matters and any council member who wishes to attend may do so. The President has indicated the Ad Hoc Committee will have eight weeks to review and complete any recommendations for action to the Metro Council