Indy Animal Care And Control Head Stepping Down

Teri Kendrick Submits Resignation

The head of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control is stepping down, RTV6 confirmed Wednesday.

Teri Kendrick, who has served as the administrator of IACC since October 2009, has submitted her resignation, and her last day will be Friday, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney reported.

Carolin Requiz Smith, chief of staff of the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety, told RTV6 that Deputy IACC Administrator Amber Myers will serve as the interim administrator while the department conducts a search for Kendrick’s replacement.

Kendrick accepted a job opportunity with the state. She was emotional Thursday night as she said goodbye to board members.

"It's a great opportunity, and I really am excited. I don't know why I'm crying. I just feel, of course, I don't want to leave this place in many ways," she said.

The Call 6 Investigators have raised issues about a lack of staffing and funding at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, something Kendrick had openly voiced frustration over.

The agency is forced to kill one animal an hour, due in part to a lack of space and resources.

Last month, the City-County Council approved a $3.8 million budget for Animal Care and Control in 2012, an increase from the agency's 2011 adopted budget. But Kendrick told RTV6 that the additional money will have little impact on day-to-day confiscation and care of animals.

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