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April 4, 2013

Jeffersonville shelter director resigns

Mayor says he’s sad to see Sarah Green depart



The county was responsible for paying $66,500 each year to the city for taking animals to the shelter. However, the city had also failed to pay for space leased in the basement of the Clark County Government Building.

A deadline of March 4 was placed on the two sides to reach an agreement or the city threatened to stop accepting the county’s animals. A settlement was reached March 1. The county agreed to pay Jeffersonville $150,000 for the animal shelter to bring payments up to date through 2013. Jeffersonville officials added that they are hopeful a new interlocal agreement with all of the area municipalities will be in place by 2014.

In addition to recovering funding owed to the shelter, Green and the shelter announced in August that it had entered into a partnership with No Kill Louisville, a nonprofit organization, with the intention of making the shelter a no-kill facility by August 2013.

That partnership was severed last month after disagreements on how to implement the no-kill policies. A requirement in the contract was that Jeffersonville must provide 60 days notice of the termination of the partnership, which is scheduled to officially terminate May 19.  

Despite ending the partnership three months early, Green said at the time that the shelter still planned on working toward the goal of being a no-kill shelter. She said J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter is already meeting the no-kill standards for dogs — where euthanasia is at 10 percent or less at the facility — and the shelter will be working to meet the standard for adoptable cats. 

Moore said the city still plans to work toward the goals outlined by Green.

“The plans and procedures Sarah put in place we will continue for years to come,” he said.



The city’s Public Safety Director Mike Ogg has also offered his resignation to the city this week because of a move.

No replacement has been named for either post, but the city is seeking candidates for the positions.

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