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Louisville Flood Victims Need Help!
Staff and volunteers struggled to save 550 animals from drowning.

Yesterday’s flash flood in Louisville, Kentucky, forced staff and volunteers to quickly evacuate 250 dogs and 300 cats from the Metro Animal Services shelter. Director Giles Meloche said the water rose so fast that it went from three inches to three feet in just 30 minutes. Sadly, despite their herculean efforts, one dog and 10 kittens drowned in their cages.

The flood survivors were transported to the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Fair. They stayed overnight and are expected to be able to return to the shelter today. Volunteers are needed to help move the animals back into their kennels and clean up the shelter. If you’d like to volunteer, please email your name and expected date and time of arrival to animals@louisvilleky.gov.    

The shelter lost all of its food and supplies in the flood. If you’d like to donate money to help replace what was lost, you can do so online by clicking here. If you’d like to donate food or supplies, please bring them to the shelter, located at: Metro Animal Services, 3705 Manslick Road, Louisville, Ky 40215.

These poor dogs and cats have been through a lot and could really use a stable home. Please consider adopting one or if you can’t, spread the word to friends, family and neighbors.


Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

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Submitted by EdenSprings | August 16 2009 |

You should be reporting on that prescription drug-dealing idiot Meloche and how he is directly responsible for a) our shelter flooding and b) all loss of animal life there. Due to his extensive history of disambiguation, I tend to believe shelter insiders who said that many more animals perished than the 11 that were reported. No wonder: Meloche refused to heed employee warnings about minor flooding there during normal rains, ignored requirements to have an emergency/evacutation plan for the shelter and regularly overstuffed the place to two and three times capacity.

Once again, Louisville's animals are suffering at the hands of this madman. He was forced out of his vet practice in Canada when he pled guilty to over 2 dozens instances (out of over 60 reported) of selling controlled substances with no prescripton/required recordkeeping. By omitting that fact, he illegally gained a green card/entry to the USA where he was fired from his job as dog catcher in Durham and then forced to resign from the Leon County Florida Animal Shelter due to his policies of overcrowding, negligence and sticky fingers in the till.

In 2005 he ended up here in Louisville and has continued his illegal and sordid M.O. which now includes the first in a series of sexual harassment charges being filed against him. He was also just awarded a "Golden Poo" award by a local news blog (www.thevillevoice.com) in the category of "most incompetent public official". How appropriate, as the shelter was flooded by not only torrential rains, but a backup of raw sewage as well. Seems he can't fool Mother Nature, either!

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