Special committee meeting held after complaints about LMAS


by WHAS11


Posted on August 27, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 27 at 4:15 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A special committee will start an eight week investigation into Louisville Metro Animal Services Wednesday night.

The bipartisan committee will be led by Councilman Kelly Downard and Councilwoman Cindi Fowler.
The investigation stems from a case involving a pit bull named Sadie who needed her leg amputated.

Emails obtained through an open records request accuse the agency of neglecting to raise funds or allow Sadie’s foster to raise funds for her surgery. Her medical records show she had ingested some of her own leg in an attempt to alleviate the pain. She developed pneumonia and was eventually euthanized.

The ad hoc committee will look into those allegations, as well as review how the department is run overall. Donald Robinson has been serving as interim director of LMAS.

Below are the emails and records we obtained through an Open Records Request:

Open records 1

Open records 2

Open records 3

Attorney Gwendolyn Snodgrass is representing an unnamed group of people asking county attorney Mike O’Connell to investigate animal cruelty at LMAS. Click here to read her letter to Mr. O’Connell.