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Metro Animal Services Has Huge $500,000 Deficit

November 4th, 2011 by jake · 10 Comments

While Sadiqa Reynolds was at the Festival of Faiths telling everybody how wonderful everything is at Louisville Metro Animal Services (HAHA, right, go for yourself and you’ll see otherwise), we knew she was completely full of it.

Last night we got even more proof at the Metro Council budget meeting:

Here’s the video:

We learned that LMAS has a deficit of about $500,000. At least $200,000 of that is for staff. While Fischer’s crew claim it’s because of “accelerated hiring,” reality is nothing of the sort. Those $200,000? They’re for his overpriced replacement staff. Justin Scally, the spokesperson and his deputy. No additional staffers have been brought on and the ones that have been hired? They’re replacing staff that have been let go because Sadiqa views them as leaks.

The best part of the meeting was when Kelly Downard corrected the record and made clear he wasn’t falling for Fischer talking points:

The discussion went on for another ten minutes or so with Tina Ward-Pugh making it clear she supports the overpaid new staffers of LMAS and things things are going swimmingly. Despite, of course, reality painting a different picture.

See footage of Tina Ward-Pugh and read the rest after the jump…

There was also extensive glossing over the RFP submitted by No Kill Louisville along with continued claims that the organization wasn’t qualified to run LMAS. They’re using that as an excuse for being hundreds of thousands of dollars over budget.

And this is why Louisville Metro Animal Services continues to fall apart.

Tags: Metro Council · Metro Government · Oops · Video

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YouKnowmyName // Nov 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    She thinks Scally is worth 90K?? She’s clearly diluted. Nothing has improved there. We have over-priced idiots that do exactly what Sadiqua tells them to do. If anything, things are worse than ever.

    NKL probably could have done a better job than the idiots that are there now. LMAS is so starved for funding it’s ridiculous. The Mayor is ultimately at fault here. He is deciding where the money goes regardless of what the council “advises”. We will not see LMAS go No Kill in the next 8 years guaranteed.

    If they want to balance the budget, maybe they shouldn’t have given the LMPD a 10 million dollar increase I’m so thankful that Kelly Downard isn’t falling for the BS. I hope he runs for Mayor next. He’s the only council member worth keeping around.

  • 2 Todd // Nov 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Cheers to Kelly Downard. He’s one of the few sane people on the council.

  • 3 No Kill Supporter // Nov 4, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Did I read that right? The Council is blaming the budget deficit on NKL’s bid?

  • 4 jake // Nov 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    If you watch the meeting it its entirety, you learn the budget guy hits NKL a few times.

  • 5 Shari // Nov 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Dear Mr. Downard,
    You are the hero of many animal lovers right now. I can help you solve the mystery of who is to blame for the massive screw up that is now occuring at LMAS. Her name is Sadiqa Reynolds and she is actually the one calling the shots there and she has no earthly idea what the hell she is doing other than collecting a paycheck. She is the one you can hold personally responsible for the loss of volunteers, morale problems and the suspicion that LMAS harbors against NKL. She is responsible for locking down Manslick Road tighter than Fort Knox because presumably all Mayor Fischer cares about is silencing the negative publicity. Kill the animals, send the assistant director out to buy some air freshners and all is well, right Sadiqa?

  • 6 Samantha // Nov 4, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Sadiqa has said several times that she would only be in the job for a year and that if she was there longer it meant she had not done her job. So that means she should be quitting either way in January, right?

  • 7 Shari // Nov 5, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Let’s set the record straight right here. The accountant or whoever he is, is deluded if he thinks that $200,000 deficit that he attributes to “accelerated hiring” was caused by hiring of new workers. The only “workers” that have been hired in the past two months have been Scally ($90,000), Robinson ($81,000) and Brosko ($60,000) who by the way, got a $16,000 pay raise when she moved from Parks Dept. Too many Chiefs and not enough Indians is one of the main problems of this agency.

  • 8 slug // Nov 6, 2011 at 10:00 am

    kudos to mr. downard. many good points and as about as animated as i have seen him on a topic – strongly put. he fell short in saying he would not hold the puppet rowland responsible. the buck is passed upward people! reynolds, rowland and fisher are the ones who are ultimately responsible for the toxic culture that continues to exist in metro government and thus the mismanagement and lack of effectiveness of departments.

  • 9 Chris // Nov 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Why is Kelly Downard getting all of these kudos? He basically said that if LMAS comes back 6 MONTHS FROM NOW and has an even greater budget gap, then, by golly, he will really be upset. Why he might even be so activated, that he’ll write a (secret) memo or maybe take that young buck Scally out for an iced coffee and a heart-to-heart. Seriously folks? Is this what passes muster for strength and leadership in the city of Louisville?

  • 10 jake // Nov 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Maybe because Kelly is the only person who dares say ANYTHING?