The local Humane Educational Society has announced that its director, Guy Bilyeu, died this morning.
Bilyeu had recently had a bicycle accident and had been in a local hospital.
"It is with great sorrow and much anguish that I must inform you of Guy Bilyeu's passing this morning," Tai Federico, president of the HES's board of directors, announced in an email.
Federico said Bilyeu "served our community tirelessly as an advocate for animals. His passing leaves a great many of us to grieve our loss, but the work he has done will live on locally and nationally in the thousands of animal lives he has saved and the countless human lives he made better."
The email continued: "His innovative ideas and unique management at the Humane Educational Society has laid a foundation that will carry HES into the next many decades as it continues to serve Hamilton County. We, his friends and fellow animal lovers, offer our sincerest condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed."