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Animal Services head resigns, search begins for new director

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The man brought in two years ago to lead a troubled Louisville Metro Animal Services is leaving the post.

In a move that puts him closer to his family in Maryland, Mayor Greg Fischer's office announced Monday that Justin Scally has resigned to become National Director of American Humane Association's Red Star Emergency Services in Washington D.C.

"I have no doubt in my mind that the two years that I have been here that we have made strides," said Scally. "There's still a lot of work to be done, but no matter if I was here for two years or five years, there is still going to be work to do."

Scally said the aging Manslick Road location continues to be a forefront issue. He hopes to see his replacement push for a new facility.

"We've made so much progress and the momentum is good so we have to keep that going, so I'm just thankful that we are in a much better position today," said Mayor Greg Fischer. 

Fischer says Scally has helped boost morale, improved kennel wellness, reduced euthanasia rates, and turned around facilities.

"Would we wish that he were here longer to finish and finalize that transformation to be one of the best practice facilities in the country, absolutely," said Karen Little, president of Alley Cat Advocates. 

Little said Scally has also improved partnerships with outside animal groups. She hopes his predecessor will have similar qualities. 

"It needs to be someone that recognizes that the problems with animals in our community are specific to one organization, but are community wide issues that need to be dealt with holistically across the community," said Little. 

Fischer said the search for a new director will begin immediately and they will be searching for someone who can make Louisville Metro Animal Services "A national model."

Sadiqa Reynolds, Louisville Metro's chief of community building, said no interim director will be named for the agency. Until a new director is hired leadership duties at LMAS will be divided between Donald Robinson, the assistant director of the agency, and Margaret Brosko, senior manager of special initiatives and communications.

Scally was introduced as LMAS director on July 27, 2011 and began work on August 8 of that year.

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