Very disappointing article - I expected better from Bianca.
Rogers has hardly held ANYONE accountable for their poor job performance. There are two employees who witnessed the atrocities committed by Lightfoot, Elliot, and Stewart. They NEVER reported any of it - they are STILL employed at MAS.
Animal intake is down because only 1 or 2 of the animal control officers actually DO their jobs - the rest are hardly in the field, let alone picking up strays or issuing citations, and when they do issue citations, they rarely bother to show up for court.
How's that for 'accountability'??
Re: SOS Memphis comments - AMEN!! The city does NOT care about the shelter and has not cared for decades. If the city did care, the chronic problems would have been eliminated YEARS ago.
This idea is ridiculous. We already have a law that requires dogs to be 'licensed' every year when they get their rabies vaccination (which is also required by law)!
As already noted, the city needs to require all Animal Control Officers to do their jobs and enforce all of the current laws (license, cruelty, etc.), or those employees need to be replaced with people who will actually do the jobs they are being paid for.
Taxpayers should be complaining to the city about the hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries to Animal Control Officers who are not doing their jobs and nothing is being done about them not doing their jobs!
The stats that Rogers presented at the meeting do calculate to a 69% euthanasia rate for 2012. He may have verbally misquoted that (don't remember), but the intake and euthanasia numbers are what he presented which equated to a 69% euthanasia rate.
The error with the euthanasia rate may be due to the author ....
to Bill Stegall and Karen Jo Smiley - Amen, and AMEN!
You are assuming that every person working at a minimum wage job is 'undeserving' of anything better because they 'must' have not received a good education and/or did not get any education past high school.
I hope someone has shown you what happens when you assume.
Millions of people out there are UNDEREMPLOYED. That means that they are working at jobs that are NOT at their skill level because the CANNOT FIND any jobs at their skill level.
Have you ever been unemployed in this current economy?
I have, and it is VERY VERY dificult to find a job in one's profession, let alone finding ANY job that pays a wage that a person can actually LIVE on.
For anyone that disses people that are out of work or are earning only minimum wage and also thinks that such a wage is so wonderful (buying TVs and jewelry) - I challenge you to live on minumum wage for just ONE month. Not even anyone else in your family - just you. And no savings or backup 'money' to rely on - JUST the minimum wage 'salary'. Please LIVE that experience for just one month and then come back and tell us how wonderful it is and how easy it is to have whatever you want on that amount of money.
@canyon moon --
Well, you enjoy posting your continuing rants about "no kill".
I can assure you that Memphis is SO FAR AWAY from it that IF our shelter ever really becomes what could be labeled as "no kill" it will be YEARS in the making.
So I hope your fingers don't get too tired, and I WILL skip all of your "no kill" tirade posts.
You PUBLICIZE, you MARKET, you REACH out REGULARLY to the community about ALL of the animals at MAS.
The ONLY pictures EVER posted ANYWHERE online are SOME of the adoptable animals (NOT all of them!). NONE of the dogs in stray are EVER posted, unless someone makes a "mistake" (which it is NOT, but that is what THEY would say it was). And only 'certain' people can take any pictures of any MAS animals. Try going there with a camera and try taking some pictures and see how quickly you are STOPPED (harshly).
The stray area is CLOSED to the public! How in the HECK can the euthanasia rate be reduced (and that 68% was ONE month - the average for the entire year (9 months) is still at 74%) when those dogs arrive, exist for 3 more days, and then DIE without anyone from the public EVER seeing them?
There is NO attempt at local PSAs or local publicity, and there is NO attempt to reunite owners with their stray dogs (aside from IF any ID tag info is recorded on paper and in the software so that an owner can be looked up).
Not ALL rescue groups are treated equally at MAS, so even rescues are inhibited from getting out adoptable animals.
In SHORT - MAS does little to NOTHING to encourage ANYONE to help save those animals. They don't WANT to do what it takes to increase adoptions and reclamations, because that would mean that they all would have to put forth real EFFORT to make it happen.
And the city does not care - if the city DID care, adoptions and reclamations would have already been much higher and euthanasia rates much lower YEARS ago ....
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