One of the concerns about Memphis Animal Services is their failure to implement standard, humane, disease-prevention cleaning protocols. Lately, I’ve been receiving a lot of screengrabs showing that sometimes they don’t clean at all.
For example, the isolation ward at MAS has been housing lots of puppies this week. I’m presuming they are sick but in any case, puppies are messy so they need frequent cage cleanings, especially in a cage bank environment where the upper mess is being pushed out to the bottom tier. Puppies also need frequent feedings and waterings since they do silly things like walk in their water bowls and knock bowls over. If puppies are sick, obviously the need for frequent cleaning, feeding and watering becomes more urgent, along with whatever medicines have been prescribed for their condition.
As such, I found this series of shots very concerning since it appears to me that the puppies in the isolation ward were not being attended to at all on May 17:
The next day…
At 12:57pm, a worker takes a puppy from a cage, places him in a wire carrying cage and apparently brings him to the kill room.
Today, the shelter sent out a plea giving rescuers one day to pull several dogs from the adoption hallway who have symptoms of upper respiratory infection. This has me wondering if only dogs from the adoption hallway are affected or if there are dogs in the stray area who need help too. No pleas for them.
It also has me wondering how many more pups might be alive in the Iso ward right now if proper care had been provided for them. I’m glad to see Matthew Pepper get the staff working today (if that’s what happened) but I certainly hope no more dogs from Iso are going to be killed by MAS due to illness which the staff may well have made worse through their negligence. The killings this week appear to be even more than usual based on the webcam captures.
Memphis – get down to city hall and picket the mayor’s office to stop all this needless suffering and killing at MAS. Keep the pressure on. Something has gotta give and so far, most of the weight has been carried by the helpless pets at MAS. You=Hope.