I attended the MAS Advisory Board meeting last night and listened in disbelief as MAS Administrator James Rogers told the board, comprised of 3 attorneys and a respected Veternarian, how the issue of keeping over 30 kennels unused daily while animals are "euthanized" for space was a concept just too complicated for them to understand.
Because of his complete lack of ANY experience with animals Rogers should have never been hired. EVERY supervisor working at MAS has also had no prior animal shelter management experience.
Rogers prides himself in the lowered euthanisia numbers...LOOK at the numbers more closely...the MAS Animal Control Officers are impounding almost 5,000 less animals every year. Hmmm...5,000 less animals brought in equals 5,000 less killed and a lower euthanasia rate.
Perhaps Mr. Rogers graduated from the Bernie Madoff school of "smoke and mirror" bookkeeping.
Thank you for this article. You hit every point that deserved addressing.
The most recent statement issued by the Parks & Neighborhoods Deputy Director LaSonya Hall explained how the policy would help the budget....
"Positive Fiscal Impact (which may resonate with taxpayers, but maybe not with animal advocates):
The proposed change in hours will assist with the reduction of holding time of animals from 5 days to 3, saving 104 days annually in the cost of food, work hours (animal care techs and vets), housing, medical supplies, etc."
So....taxpayers will be happy with the reduction of hours open to the general public because money wil be saved by KILLING the animals at MAS faster....
I attend EVERY MAS open board meeting and I listen to MAS Administrator James Rogers.
His attitude, his use of Gandhi quotes regarding MAS, his blatant lack of sheltering experience.... ALL of that has caused ME tremendous emotional trauma.
When someone is ill-informed he will draw from ideas discarded long ago..
In other words - a moron produces moronic ideas...
I would like read the report. Is it available?
Can it be posted?
The Animal Control Officers are charged with impounding strays and enforcing the animal laws of our city. This is their job.
It is NOT humane to allow animals to starve to death at the end of a chain or to freeze to death without shelter.
4,100 less animals brought in every year and an increase in the number of cruelty reports that are unanswered...
Please...those animals NOT brought in are not lucky to live a miserable life.
The citizens and the animals deserve a shelter that euthanizes humanely by sedating every animal before it is killed and that does not employ workers that seem to be constantly caught abusing the animals.
Yes, 20 is excessive...especially given the fact that Nashville takes in almost as many animals with 1/3 the number of ACOs that Memphis has.
They need so many because very few of them actually work.
I believe MAS employs either 19 or 20 ACOs.
Nashville, which out performs Memphis, only employs 7.
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