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  Last week we informed you about a open records request. That request, filed by Michelle Hensel was provided this past weekend, and contained within the records are various documents and statements that has Louisville talking, and people gawking at the news.

  Within the reports is a “Voluntary Witness Statement” filed on May 19, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. by an individual believed to be a vetinarian technician. This individual gives a detailed account of when this individual attempted to euthinize a cat. When the vein blew, “Dr. Meloche took the syringe from me and IC’d the kitten. After that kitten Dr. Meloche then IC’d the other (2 kittens. The kitten still had reflexs and were not sedated. He did not hit the heart on the first try so he poked til he found their hearts.”

  The method described in this report is called “intracardiac euthansia” and is known to be extremely painful and discomforting. In many states, this type of euthanasia is allowed only if the animal is comatose or heavily sedated. According to the complaint, these felines were neither. According to the Louisville Metro Government Personnel Policies’ Principles of Behavior, which Dr. Gilles Meloche would have to abide by, it states that “Employees shall obey and uphold the laws of the United States, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, political subdivisions and jurisdictions thereof, and the Louisville Metro Government”. Many animal lovers and veterinarians are debating if Dr. Meloche is in violation of this policy.

  Also documented in the open records request is the various squabbles between Dr. Gilles Meloche and Dr. Kendall Clay, who was a veterinarian with Metro Animal Services. Part of the documentation of this squabble is a memorandum issued by Karen Adams, the Compliance Specialist in the Louisville Metro Government’s Department of Human Resources. In a statement detailing the complaint that Dr. Clay made regarding Dr. Meloche, Mrs. Adams wrote “Dr. Meloche has stated that he has never been intimately involved with any staff of Metro Animal Services. He stated he regards your relationship as consensual. He states that at the dinner meeting, you sat next to him and kissed him, and initiated a desire for a personal meeting. Following a dinner meeting, Dr. Meloched admitted to pursuing you for clarification. ”

  Because Dr. Clay had made a “decision to not provide any additional information” a critical decision was made. Adams further writes that “Based on your decision, the alleged behavior of Dr. Meloche cannot be substantiated at this time as sexual harassment, or as a consensual relationship.” Dr. Clay also had issues with Dr. Meloche regarding treatment of animals that were still  in the system as owned by Metro Animal Services, when Dr. Meloche stated that Dawn Simpson, (whose sexual harassment complaint against Dr. Meloche was substantiated by the Human Resources’ Department).

  Still more issues are documented in a detailed email from Sherry Goodman, an officer of Metro Animal Services regarding the disarray and mishandling of officers and animals by Dr. Gilles Meloche, and the interim director, Wayne Zalinsky during the floods that caused an evacuation in August.

  We repeat… more is yet to come regarding Dr. Meloche.

  We also further state that the mayor Jerry Abramson’s reputation is also being noted, and hurt by many that have come to realize his tactless ability to surround himself with individuals who display their own incompetence to hold to ethical standards,and the mayors inability to surround himself with ethical individuals.

November 12, 2009 - Posted by | Series Issue | , , , , , , ,

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