Memphis: The Hits Just Keep on Comin’

Memphis has a lot of problems when it comes to caring for the community’s pets.  The city still hasn’t brought the 3 indicted shelter employees to trial on charges of animal cruelty stemming from last year.  In fact 2 of those 3 are still on the payroll, last I heard.

The city’s ACOs are 800 calls behind – and have been for many months.  The shelter is short staffed.  And there was a proposal this year to inflict a mandatory spay-neuter ordinance on the city’s pet owners which the shelter director failed to speak out against.

After a recent tragedy in which a man died after being bitten by a pair of roaming dogs, Memphis is looking to up the ante in its scramble to the top of teh stupid pile:

The Wharton Administration is considering a measure that would put a bounty of as much as $50 on stray dogs turned in by citizens.

City leaders are hoping it will get vicious strays off the street and encourage pet owners to be more responsible.

Right.  The end results will be vicious dogs off the streets and pet owners becoming more responsible.  Not crackheads stealing pets in the night to turn in for a 50 dollar payoff.  Not an AC unit, already severely compromised, sinking under the weight of citizen stray surrenders.  Not more shelter killings, at a shelter which already needlessly kills thousands of pets a year.  Nope, it’ll be that magical Pet Owner Responsibility dust raining over Memphis that will be the end result here.

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  1. Susan

     /  July 30, 2010

    I kinda had the same take on it … so many folks out there out of jobs in the south and this wold be better than getting stuck w/a needle and selling your blood.
    It takes the term volunteer to a whole new level doesn’t it?

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  2. Sure seems like SOMEONE with some common sense could step up down there and, I don’t know, model a successful program from somewhere else. It’s as if they exist on an island down there with no contact to anyone else and just continue to come up with worse and worse ideas.

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    • Or, if they are unwilling to model after a successful program, at least don’t implement the known FAILS from other cities.

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  3. This kind of thing leaves it ripe for a takeover by Best Friends or some other scummy group.

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  4. Matt

     /  July 30, 2010

    “The Wharton Administration is considering a measure that would put a bounty of as much as $50 on stray dogs turned in by citizens.”

    They should put a bounty on the human animal scumbags who hurt, and murder their fellow animals, who operate meth labs, who burglarize houses, who rape women, etc….impound THEM and put a $150 bounty on each ones head, and use the money to feed, care for, and adopt the pets out to loving families.

    “When studying the traits of the so called “lower animals” and the traits of humans, I find the results humiliating to me. I think Darwin had it backwards…humans did not ascend from the lower animals….humans did, in fact descend from the higher animals”
    — Mark Twain

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  5. How can we go after these guys ?

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