Indianapolis Animal Care Director Fired

Doug Rae Cut Loose Just 10 Months Into Job

Indianapolis Animal Care and Control Director Doug Rae was fired Monday, just 10 months into his reign at the organization.

Rae was terminated in a meeting with city officials Monday morning after he was placed on probation in August, partially because of behavioral issues and practices, city officials said.

Compared to 2008, 1,837 fewer animals have been impounded, response times have increased by 9 hours, 29 minutes and overtime pay is up 26 percent, city officials said.

City prosecutor Teri Kendrick will assume the role on an interim basis as officials search for a new IACC leader, 6News' Joanna Massee reported. Kendrick takes on a very challenging position, given the current state of the agency.

"We collectively, not all on Doug Rae, but we collectively have not done a good job with Animal Care and Control," said Mark Renner, Marion County's acting public safety director.

But Rae’s supporters said his termination was politically motivated.

“The sad thing about this is, this is not about animals at all, or animal care, it’s about politics, power and control,” said Warren Patitz.

Last month, Rae refused to talk to 6News about numerous calls the station received about the agency's response to complaints.

6News found the stray kennel at Animal Care and Control was filled to the brim in late September, with no empty cages and more than one dog inside some cages.

Rae was hired in December 2008, months after an independent investigation confirmed widespread abuse and neglect at the shelter. When he was placed on probation in August 2009, Rae was warned not to use profane language when dealing with staff and the public.

Rae was previously CEO of Philadelphia Animal Care and Control and also served in management roles in similar positions in Arizona and Maryland.

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