LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - One day after Mayor Greg Fischer introduced the new man to lead Metro Animal Services, many of you are sounding off about 26-year-old Justin Scally. We did a little digging into his resume and background.
On Wednesday, we a put a face to Justin Scally's resume. Thursday, we showed that resume to veterinarian Todd Yates and asked if he would hire Scally based on it?
"If I was hiring for that position, I would not," said Yates. "He would need more experience than what he's got."
Scally said he came here after serving with the Humane Society of the United States as a manager for two years. Before that, Scally spent two years as an animal control director in North Carolina and worked as an animal control officer for two and a half years in Maryland. For Scally's critics, there was one red flag.
"Number 1, I noticed he doesn't have a college degree," Yates said. "I think that would be a prerequisite for that type of position, given the responsibilities. And, again, the connection to the Humane Society, probably not a good idea. Then, he seems like he's only been at his jobs a couple years at most."
Scally's first job included more than four years at a Maryland animal clinic as an assistant and vet tech, a job he started as a young teen. I called the clinic in Maryland to learn more about what exactly he did. A woman who worked with him told me he assisted with surgeries, did lab work, and filled prescriptions. Those are all things that she said didn't require state certification.
"Looking at his resume, it wouldn't be a guy that would be my first choice," said Yates. "But Mayor Fischer may have made the right decision. It's going to take some time to tell."
Fischer's office says the mayor stands by his choice. In a previous statement about Scally, Mayor Greg Fischer said,"Justin is the exact leader we need to transform Metro Animal Services to make it the best animal agency in America." Fischer went on to say Scally is "bright, he's experienced and he's compassionate - and passionate - about animals." Dr. Yates says time will tell.
"I think it'll be important for him to work with the veterinarian community. Try to mend the burnt bridges."
Late Thursday afternoon, the Humane Society of the United States released a statement saying the group is very committed to ending cruelty to animals. HSUS also said Scally is well qualified to lead Louisville Metro Animal Services.
We tried to get answers from Mayor Fischer's office late Thursday morning. Our interview request was denied.