I consider the previous MAS Administrator to be better than Pepper. And the previous one was indicted.
I brought this up from the comments because I think it’s worthy of highlighting. A reader who appears to be familiar with the Memphis Animal Shelter made this comment on a previous post and she goes on to explain her opinion:
Yes, they both have bad staffs and do nothing to correct them.
Yes, they both have high kill rates.
Yes, animals have lost sig. amts. of weight while housed at MAS under both.
Alexander (who is indicted) stopped the policy of automatically killing all pits. He allowed them to be adopted.
Most pits under Pepper are deemed timid or aggressive and rarely see the light of day.
Under Alexander ALL the animals except for the extremely sick/injured or extremely aggressive were allowed to be adopted. They public could walk the entire stray area and place holds on dogs.
Pepper stopped that and places only 30 or so animals for adoption. THe rest are killed.
Alexander started the policy to hold owner surrenders for 24 hours to allow the owner time to change his mind.
Pepper stopped this policy.
Alexander would give animals to rescues, free of charge.
Pepper, well we know that he did not allow rescues to save any of the dogs on the initial day of euthanasia.
Alexander would not allow an animal to be adopted without being neutered unless health was a factor.
Pepper routinely lets animals go out intact, the owners never to return.
Alexander tried to limit the power of and impose rules on the Friends volunteers.
Pepper allows them to do what they want.
Alexander brought his dog to work with him.
Pepper, well I have never heard him speak of having a companion animal. I don’t know if he does or not. That says quite a bit.
So, yes. Things can get worse.
Pepper – worse than Alexander.
Just better at hiding it.
Well blow me down. When animal advocates find themselves longing for the bad old days, I think that should give us all pause. MAS really needs to clean house.