"1000% more outreach"?? HARDLY. They rarely even manage an offsite adoption event!
"Euthanasias are down" ... well, maybe 3-4%.
NOTE - that percentage quoted - 59% - is WRONG.
For 2012, the euthanasia rate was 70%.
"Adoptions are up" ... well, maybe 2-3%. And they REGULARLY kill strays on the morning that their holding period is over, giving them ZERO chance of being adopted. They REGULARLY kill animals for "space" when there are plenty of empty kennels. Even the adoption area is 1/2 empty the majority of the time.
Owner reclaims are the same dismal 4%.
And, as Lisa Malone Naguin noted, the staff are HARDLY "friendly" to everyone that walks in the doors of MAS.
Lightfoot did not spend ONE day in prison. Elliot is not in prison - he is appealing his sentence.
The city has had offers of free or very low-cost sedation drugs for euthanasia - the city REFUSED the offers.
The Nashville shelter has a camera in their euthanasia room. The shelter director said that it has been a POSITIVE experience and no one has complained about it - it DOES offer safety for both the animals and the employees. There is no excuse for not having a security camera in the MAS euthanasia room.
Rogers has had over one year to "take a deep look" at the disturbingly low level of job performance by almost all of his 20 animal control officers. The same officers have NOT been doing their jobs for years and nothing is being done about it. The taxpayers are paying over $800,000 a year in animal control officer salaries, and that money is mostly wasted by employees who consistently do NOT do their jobs.
The only thing that has changed at MAS is the building. The city has never cared about how MAS is run, whether or not any employees do their jobs, whether or not any animals are adequately cared for, abused, neglected, tortured. Will it take a totally NEW generation of human beings running this city to ever really fix the problems at MAS???
Memphis does NOT need this! Sanders is right - we ALREADY have a dog license law and we do NOT need to be funding Omaha by paying them to do this - what we already do - FOR us!
What Memphis - the Mayor and City Hall - DOES need to do is hold Animal Control Officers accountable for NOT doing their jobs because they are not enforcing the current law. Taxpayers are paying ACO salaries to people in those positions who do NOT do their jobs - the city deserves to have MAS employees who will do their jobs and do them properly.
This morning there were 30 dogs who had kennel cough at Memphis Animal Services, according to a statement that was made by an MAS employee to a Bassett Rescue Group. Kennel cough, or canine infectious tracheobronchitis. is not a serious condition, and most dogs will recover without treatment. Although most cases of kennel cough will resolve without treatment, medications may speed recovery or minimize symptoms during the course of infection. These include antibiotics that target the bordetella bacteria and cough medicines.
It will be interesting to see what a "spin" Memphis Animal Services, LaSonya Hall, AC Wharton or Janet Hooks will put on this very treatable condition that they will use to justify killing most dogs that are not rescued from this hell hole. Channel 5 will have a story on the 10 PM news tonight.
Most dogs with kennel cough recover completely within three weeks, though it can take up to six weeks in older dogs or those with other medical conditions. These dogs, unfortunately, have been handed a death sentence. I wonder if they could quarantine them in the new facility on Appling for three weeks. No, that's too easy of a solution. Too humane of a solution. That's 30 dogs less that they have to worry about moving when they do move into their new facility.
By Toby Sells
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