In addition to Friends of Memphis Animal Services and shelter vet Rebecca Coleman blaming the public for the needless killing at MAS due to distemper, now shelter director Matthew Pepper, the local paper, and even the Mayor are joining in.
“We have, unfortunately, a large percentage of our human population maintaining unvaccinated animals, and that is a recipe for disaster when you have animals housed in close proximity in an overcrowded facility that’s just not large enough,” he said.
“If you’re a member of the community and you own an animal, go see your veterinarian and go vaccinate your animal,” he said.
Editorial in The Commercial Appeal:
Critics of the decision [to kill dogs] suggested that the shelter should have shut down and quarantined the dogs they have. But the shelter on Tchulahoma is crowded — partly because of the large number of irresponsible pet owners in Memphis who either abandon their animals or let them run loose.
Memphis is not alone in the battle against irresponsible pet owners.
So much suffering by animals and so many euthanizations could be prevented if people just did the right thing.
“People who treat animals the way they do here,” said Wharton. “They’re pet slave masters. They’re abusers is what they are.”
Wharton’s ire comes in the wake of a devastating distemper outbreak at Memphis Animal Services where empty cages illustrate the drastic euthanization rate that’s been adopted in recent days.
“You can’t build a shelter large enough to absorb the irresponsible actions of people who claim to be pet owners,” said Wharton.
On Tuesday afternoon, Miami-Dade Animal Services reported they have 18 cats and 12 dogs left to adopt.
Thanks to the community’s generosity, hundreds of dogs and cats have already found new homes. “We had an amazing weekend here at Animal Services,” said Dr. Sara Pizano, Director of the Miami-Dade Animal Services. “Since Thursday, over 500 animals were saved. This community moved like no other, and our rescue partners were amazing saving animals left and right.”
Thank you pet slave masters of Miami-Dade for stepping up and saving pets lives! I only wish the unwashed masses in Memphis had been given the same opportunity to save pets at their shelter.