This is disgusting.
Really. Put down your coffee and just read:
Gilles Meloche, the former director of Louisville Metro Animal Services who resigned in 2009 amid allegations of animal torture, sexual harassment, misappropriation of animals, and inhumane conditions at the agency’s 3705 Manslick Road shelter, received more than $10,000 in unemployment insurance compensation from the city last year, according to records obtained by LEO Weekly.
The documentation, provided to LEO by Louisville Metro Human Services following a lengthy open records battle between the publication and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, reveals that Meloche received $10,790 in unemployment insurance for 26 weeks in 2010 — the last disbursement arriving as late as Nov. 17, 2010 — despite voluntarily resigning. Additionally, Meloche was awarded $10,081 of “vacation pay – termination” just days before stepping down as the city’s top dog catcher, documents show.
The ease with which Metro allowed Meloche to claim benefits sharply contrasts its handling of other city employees’ benefits, especially those who have criticized the embattled animal control agency.
Additionally, Metro has denied benefits to former LMAS animal care manager Dawn Simpson, who resigned Aug. 21, 2009, after alleging sexual harassment by Meloche and retaliation by him and Zelinsky, then the agency’s second-in-command.
Go IMMEDIATELY read the entire story from LEO Weekly’s Jonathan Meador.
And you wonder why anyone had little faith in Jerry Abramson or Metro Animal Services.
To think Wayne Zelinsky – a Meloche pal – is still in charge of that joint.
I hang my head in shame for this city.
Here’s hoping Greg Fischer really does turn LMAS around.
P.S. Looks like several things we reported last week were quite accurate. For a refresher of the nightmare(s) continuing to take place at Metro Animal Services, click here to read an open letter from an employee.