Last week I took an unbelievable amount of flack for these there stories about Metro Animal Services, the climate there and current director Wayne Zelinsky. People got in my face, threatened me, left nasty comments, sent some of the worst emails our staff have ever seen.
And whattya know?
Looks like I was spot-on regarding everything I said:
“With the new facility, the focus on adoptions will in fact be the focus here,” said Wayne Zelinsky, interim director of LMAS, who acknowledged that six of the agency’s seven adoption counselors would be deployed at the Newburg site. Although adoptions will continue at the Manslick shelter with only one adoption counselor, Zelinsky does not think that lopsided figure will place any extra burden on staff.
Yet as much as Animal House symbolizes a step forward for the beleaguered city agency, some employees and sources familiar with the shelter contend that despite the much-publicized (and much-needed) unveiling of a new adoption center, working conditions at LMAS have not improved since the departure of former full-time director Dr. Gilles Meloche, and that a serious housecleaning is needed before any real positive change can ever take place.
“Honestly, I’m not sure if it ever got better (once Zelinsky took over),” said a current high-level LMAS employee who spoke with LEO Weekly on the condition of anonymity. “There are a lot of people who consider it worse now than when Meloche was there.”
“As far as directly comparing Wayne and Meloche, you know, at least Dr. Meloche would get up and walk through the kennels, and he had somewhat of an idea of what went on day-to-day,” the source said. “Wayne’s never in the kennels. Part of it is, I think, for the last few months now, he’s been pretty sure that he’s going to lose his job. So he’s been even more apathetic, and just doesn’t even give a shit.”
If you care about Metro Animal Services, I’m positive you’ll want to read the entire story from Jonathan Meador.
I contend that nothing at LMAS will change until all of those folks who don’t really give two flips about animals are kicked to the curb. Greg Fischer needs to make a big move, fast, to clean that place up. It’ll do him well and his critics would be hard pressed to complain over positive changes in that government agency.