Failing to privatize Louisville Metro Animal Services, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Monday the city has rejected a proposal by a non-profit group to take over the agency. Instead, the administration will immediately renew its search for a new director to turn around the dysfunctional department.
Fischer previously planned to outsource much of animal services’ functions such as adoption and sheltering after a scathing review of the department found it had poor facilities, inadequate staffing and an unacceptable euthanasia rate.
“Our goal is to develop Metro Animal Services into a world-class agency,” Fischer said in a news release. “We must now strive to find a leader who is innovative and experienced to make that happen. We need a leader who can bring together animal advocates and our entire community.”
The animal welfare group No Kill Louisville was the sole bidder for the contract, however, a review committee determined they didn’t meet the requirements set forth in the request for proposals.
No Kill Louisville President Jessica Reid says the group submitted a detailed bid and was excited to make the necessary changes, but the mayor is flip-flopping at the peril of local pets.
“It just seems like no matter what we do it’s never good enough. They asked for help. We can help,” she says. “If they want fosters, we can send fosters down there. But they have to decide if the fosters are okay, if that’s what they want, if that’s what the volunteers are allowed to do, what programs can happen, which ones can’t. We only have so much control of how we can help.”