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Louisville's Metro Council investigating Animal Services dept. following dog's death

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Questions about Metro Animal Services' handling of a dog named Sadie are just part of what Metro Council members want to know about the agency.

Their committee announced last week an investigation into what led to the dog being put to death and whether the mayor's office properly conducted an internal investigation.

"Is there still some reason for us to think that there are parts of this that the mayor doesn't feel like it is appropriate for us to be asking for," said metro council member Kevin Kramer, (R)-Dist. 11. 

An attorney from the mayor's office said a separate and pending Public Integrity Unit investigation would limit its cooperation with the committee.

Most of the questions by council members center on response to allegations of abuse and neglect at Metro Animal Services.

In March of last year, an animal services employee eventually started caring for the dog named Sadie and tried to raise money for its medical treatment. However, that employee has said it never happened, so the employee contacted The Arrow Fund, a group that cares for sick animals. The president of the organization says it was too late.

"I usually sit with the animal, hugging that animal, loving them, telling them that you have got love going with you, that we care about you. I sat with Sadie and I said 'Please come and do this now.' It was that bad," said Rebecca Eaves, president and founder of the Arrow Fund.

"Many of the council members had seen that press release. We had it on our desks where the mayor's office had said they had already done an examination of the situation. We just really want to get the facts and understand what's going on," said council member David James, (D)-Dist. 6.

"A number of the concerns we were having early on, were pretty much expanding daily. We wanted a clear picture of the total situation prior to moving forward," said council member and ad hoc committee co-chairman Kelly Downard, (R)-Dist. 16. 

Council members have scheduled another hearing in early September.

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