Louisville, KY — The Courier-Journal reported Wednesday, “Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer … has named Justin Scally, [from] the controversial Humane Society of the United States, to lead the city’s animal services, which has been without a permanent director since January 2010.”
In an interview Fisher said that he hired Scally because of his long history of animal welfare work and his continuous growth during his career. “He’s got the passion and compassion folks have asked for here,” Fischer said. “He’s got a lot of experience. Every two or three years, someone else has recruited him to take on a bigger job.”
The Courier-Journal reports that the choice has already alienated some in the animal welfare community because of Scally’s ties with HSUS. Donna Herzig, Louisville Kennel Club president, has said that Scally’s affiliation with HSUS could cause some people to not want to work with him. “I think it’s going to be a disaster,” said Herzig.
No Kill Louisville, who’s bid to take over animal services was rejected earlier this year, is also unhappy with the choice. Jessica Reid, NKL’s president, said, “They’ve butted heads with a lot of no-kill groups. They’ve been very unfair and dismissive [of no-kill practices].”
It remains to be seen if the concerns of the animal welfare community will come to pass. For the sake of the animals, we can only hope that Scally embraces the policy changes needed to make Louisville a No Kill community, otherwise a lot of innocent, healthy animals will die.
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