A couple days ago, this letter to the editor appeared in A Kentucky Newspaper:
After years of negative stories about Metro Animal Services, and much skepticism regarding the hiring of the new director, Justin Scally, I feel compelled to share some good news.
I am a longtime vollunteer for MAS and other animal welfare groups, and a recent visit to both Animal House and the Manslick facility give me hope that things are getting better for the homeless pets in our community. The animals at MAS appear to be healthier and the kennels cleaner than I have ever seen them. The staff not only seems to genuinely care about the animals, but is working together as a team to make the best of a less-than-favorable environment.
Now, if our officials can see fit to fund the agency as needed, and pass and enforce mandatory spay/neuter legislation, we might actually see a big decline in the number of unwanted pets and unnecessary euthanasia of our companion animals.
What the letter writer doesn’t tell you is that she owns Rudy Green’s. She holds a publicity stunt once a year (really, just one day per year – like on December 22, 2011) in donating food to Louisville Metro Animal Services.
From a release promoting the most recent event (Brosko’s punctuation, not ours):
LOUISVILLE (December 21, 2011) Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) dogs, cats, rabbits and hamsters are about to get a meal fit for a king! On Thursday, December 22, Rudy Green’s annual holiday offering, the Holiday Boof-fet, is coming to both Metro Animal Services locations. Turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, pumpkin and cranberry will be served up to some amazing animals. Don’t worry, it’s not table scraps, but human-grade food made especially for four-legged friends. Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine is a human-grade product made from 100% real meat and veggies and contains no “meat meal,” by-products, dyes, preservatives or fillers. The food is also made without seasonings or spices which may be harmful to a dog’s digestive system or health.
“Human’s can eat it, too, but they might want to add salt and pepper,” says Karla Haas, President of Rudy Green Inc., the maker of Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine.
The meal will be served at Animal House Adoption Center (3516 Newburg Road) at 11 a.m. and at the Manslick Facility (3705 Manslick Road) at 3 p.m. Media is welcome at either site.
“This is a real treat for our animals,” said Louisville Metro Animal Services Director Justin Scally. “Rudy Green’s is providing a great service by donating a percentage of their profits as well as the holiday meal to local Animal Shelters.”
She also doesn’t tell you that she has never been a volunteer at LMAS. She visits the shelter on Thanksgiving and Christmas when staff know she’s supposed to be there promoting her products. According to current and former LMAS staff, she doesn’t serve cat food and hasn’t recently visited the cat room.
Dishonest spin. The Manslick Road facility is as nasty as it has ever been and regular readers know Miss Haas didn’t base her letter in reality.
Unfortunately for Greg-Sadiqa-Spinsters, former LMAS staffers are keen on setting the record straight. And several Metro Council members have finally decided to wake up. 2012 will be interesting.