I’m still waiting for a response to my query about whether pets waiting to be killed at MAS are forced to watch other pets being killed and whether MAS leaves a pile of dead bodies for all the pets to see/smell in the kill room. I think the public deserves to know whether the city is using their tax dollars to kill pets humanely or not.
I don’t know what the protocols are for the killing of pets in the “euthanasia room” at MAS. I’m willing to speculate a little since we can’t seem to get any answers from those in charge. Here’s a guess:
- The pet is brought in to the kill room with his cage card.
- The euthanasia technicians verify that the ID # on the pet’s collar matches the ID # on the cage card and make a note that they have verified this.
- The pet is scanned for a microchip. (This is a fail-safe in case scanning was missed upon intake or the scanner used at intake did not pick up the chip for whatever reason.) Failure to locate chip is noted in record.
- Pet is weighed and dosage is calculated for sedative and for Fatal-Plus. Notes made in record.
- Sedative and Fatal-Plus are drawn up into the appropriate sized syringes.
- Sedative is administered.
- Fatal Plus is administered.
- Death is verified by euthanasia technician. Notes made in record. Cage card placed in appropriate file.
- Body is bagged and removed to freezer.
- Table is cleaned.
In order to guesstimate how much time this might take for a pet brought into the kill room, we have to consider some variables. For example, are the euthanasia techs standing at the ready, waiting to begin their procedures immediately as each pet is brought in? Or is there a backlog, with dogs tied to the wall such as Mr. Cox described at the shelter public meeting last week? Is there just one open room or is it divided into two completely separate rooms and staffed with two separate teams? There may be other factors I haven’t thought of.
So what do you think? How long would it take to complete the above steps?
In this next series of shots, it looks as if dogs are being taken to the kill room at varying intervals – the longest period of time being 9 minutes and the shortest (the last few shots) are just 2 minutes apart each.
A similar pattern in the afternoon:
Memphis, please – stop the killing.
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No matter where you live, you can make your concerns about the shelter known to the following individuals:
Mayor Wharton: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Keep your letters succinct and respectful. Let the city leaders know that people from all over are condemning what is going on at MAS and refuse to spend their vacation dollars in a city which tries to sweep cruelty under the rug. Remind them there is a viable alternative: make Memphis a no kill community. Include a link to this primer on no kill.
Please use your voice to speak for all the pets at MAS – living and dead. If you’ve already written – thank you. If you have more to say to city leaders – write again. Let them know we are still watching and still horrified. Share this info with the many caring pet owners you know so that they can write letters too. If you need bullet points for possible items to include in a letter, here you go:
Summary of Concerns at Memphis Animal Services
- The killing of pets who are not medically hopeless and suffering nor have they been declared a danger to society by a qualified party.
- The killing of pets when there are empty cages at the shelter.
- The killing of pets who have never been made available to the public for adoption, rescue or foster.
- The killing of pets due to disease outbreak without ever making a public plea for help with quarantine to save lives.
- Failure of the shelter to vaccinate all incoming pets as per standard disease prevention protocol.
- Failure of the shelter to remove dogs and food from cages during cleaning as per standard disease prevention protocol.
- Failure of the shelter to utilize their Chameleon software to interface with PetHarbor so that every pet is viewable online by the public.
- Failure of the shelter to properly train and/or enforce humane handling of pets by the staff.
- Failure of the shelter to implement a TNR program so that the number of feral cats in the community can be reduced over time.
- Failure of the shelter to keep cats separated from the sight, sound and smell of dogs in order to reduce stress and make the population less susceptible to disease.
- Failure of the shelter to provide daily aerobic exercise for dogs for social stimulation and in order to reduce stress and make the population less susceptible to disease.