KHS will consult Metro Animal Services - WDRB 41 Louisville News

KHS will consult Metro Animal Services

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Lori Redmon, KHS President & CEO Lori Redmon, KHS President & CEO

By: Katie Delaune - kdelaune@fox41.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB Fox 41) - Metro Animal Services doing some spring cleaning this week after a turbulent few months. MAS announced a new interim director on Thursday. Today - the agency said it's partnering with the Kentucky Humane Society to help increase the number of adoptions.

"The mayor's office contacted us and asked us to provide a short term consultancy on specifically the best practices for sheltering," says Lori Redmon, KHS President & CEO.

Earlier this year, workers at MAS came forward, saying their superiors needlessly euthanized animals while bottlenecking the adoption process. Mayor Greg Fischer ordered a top-to-bottom review of Metro Animal Services. Shortly afterwards, interim director Wayne Zelinsky resigned when the city uncovered his adult entertainment business. Now the city is paying two Kentucky Humane Society employees to work full-time at MAS.

"We will be providing advice and recommendations as well as helping to implement standard operating procedures that will help improve the health of the animals and the quality of the care," says Redmon.

They'll work at MAS until a permanent director is hired, which could take 3 months. KHS president and CEO Lori Redmon says their consulting has one primary goal.

"Getting animals out of there alive in regard to either adoptions, transferring to other rescue agencies, or fostering animals," says Redmon.

The new interim Metro Animal Services director Susan Neumayer was not available to talk to FOX 41, but she allowed us inside the facility to check out the kennels. Many of the animals looked healthy, showing no signs of the alleged prior abuse. The city's audit of Metro Animal Services is expected in a few weeks.

"With the right leadership there and the right standard operating procedures for healthy sheltering and best practices, I think things can improve in a very quick order there," says Redmon.

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