Abramson Speaks On Meloche Resignation

by Gabe Bullard on October 27, 2009

Louisville Metro Animal Services Director Gilles Meloche has announced his resignation amid accusations of mismanagement.

Accusations of botched treatment of animals, mishandling of documents and sexual harassment have led to calls for Meloche to step down. But Mayor Jerry Abramson says Meloche’s resignation was not forced.

“He called, came in to see me on Friday, we discussed his future,” says Abramson. “He talked to me about another community that he was in the running for. He talked to me about the potential of private practice. He thought, look, he has gone through a lot over the last months and year. Change agents go through a lot of difficulties.”

Abramson¬†declined to say if he would have asked for the doctor’s resignation.

“We never got to that point,” he says. “He brought a letter in and submitted his resignation. The letter basically said he was afraid that with everything going on around him that the focus on animals and the services that are provided by Metro Animal Services were being injured by that process.”

Abramson says investigations into the allegations against Meloche will be conducted. Meloche joined MAS in 2005 and will step down on December 31st. Assistant Director Wayne Zelinsky will then become interim director.

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Big Dog Rescue October 27, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Prior to Meloche at MAS in 2005 he was the active director in Tallahassee, Florida. He also resigned after the same accusations. I encourage anyone to google the Meloche and Tallahassee, Florida articles, its scary how similar they are. Also look up his name in the Canadian news articles. Please any shelter out there do your research first.

EdenSprings November 2, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Hey, Big Dog! Glad to see you Florida ladies are still following the antics of that crazy Canadian! Too bad nobody in Metro Government bothered to check his job references before they hired him. Could’a saved us all a bunch of trouble. Still, it’s nice to see him get hoisted on his own petard, eh?

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