What Planet is the Courier-Journal Ed Board On?

What the crap. There’s been nothing but watered-down coverage of the Gilles Meloche-Metro Animal Services scandal in the Courier-Journal. No mention of salacious language allegedly used by Meloche. No “gay love” quotes. Constantly referring to the man as a “change agent,” a la Jerry Abramson.

Why do we read that mess, anyway?

Check this glowing editorial praise heaped on Gilles Meloche today:

After four years, the controversial and sometimes stormy tenure of Dr. Gilles Meloche as director of the Louisville Metro Department of Animal Services is coming to an end. He will step down Dec. 31. He says he’s had enough of the sniping, and that personal attacks create too much pressure and too many distractions.

Some of the criticism — such as that he carelessly or incompetently permitted impounded animals to drown during the August flooding — is baseless. (The opposite was true; great rescue efforts were made under emergency conditions, with the result that almost all animals survived.)

Some of it stems from the crossfire of sometimes irreconcilable and strident demands of various animal-protection and dog-owner groups. Other comes from relentless political backbiting from critics such as Metro Councilman Kelly Downard.


Dr. Meloche deserves much of the praise he received from Mayor Abramson. He was indeed a “change agent” who “professionalized” the department, as the Mayor said. The Mayor’s Office insists that many more dogs and cats are adopted now than four years ago, and fewer are euthanized. That is a good thing by any reckoning.

The community should hope that the next director has better team-building skills and is more aware of what is inappropriate to say in an office setting.


It’s all just some misunderstanding and political mud slinging, isn’t it? Poor Dr. Meloche. Poor Jerry Abramson for trying to protect a great, deserving man.

I suppose all those facts in lawsuits – which Meloche lost – were fabricated for political purposes? Guess Meloche’s well-documented poor treatment of animals is a sham?

And where’s the evidence that Kelly Downard is playing politics?