Very soon, Memphis Animal Services will be moving into its new building. They have recently stacked the advisory board with people who appear to me to be killing apologists. Then that advisory board canceled its first public meeting. These three events may be unrelated, I don’t know. But in the interest of transparency, I am calling upon MAS to impose a moratorium on killing during any hours that the webcams are down due to the move to the new building and to make the period of time that the webcams may be down as short as possible. Further, I call upon the shelter to make public (via online posting) its records detailing every pet on hand in the 3 weeks leading up to the move to the new building as well as the week following the move.
The Chameleon reports are easy to generate and post online, just like other shelters do. None of these measures are particularly time consuming or extreme in any sense of the word. They are simple, short term requests which could be easily accomplished to demonstrate accountability to the public the shelter serves.
I think the public, a sizable segment of which has lost faith in MAS, would be reassured and encouraged by these actions, if MAS agrees to them. I am going to post the bullet points and list of mailing addresses below for anyone who would like to write:
- While moving from the current location to the new building, the webcams should remain up and running in whichever building is currently being used for euthanasia. At some point, that will become the new building and the webcams should then be moved and set up to stream again with minimal downtime.
- During any webcam downtime, there should be a moratorium on killing. Killing is defined as taking the life of a healthy/treatable pet. Euthanasia to end the suffering of medically hopeless pets as determined by a veterinarian should, of course, still be performed.
- At the end of the first week in the new building, MAS should post on its website its Chameleon reports covering at least the 3 weeks prior to the move along with the first week after the move.
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, MASBoard@memphistn.gov, Bill.Boyd@memphistn.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, Myron.Lowery@memphistn.gov, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Joe.Brown@memphistn.gov, email@example.com, Kemp.Conrad@memphistn.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Jim.Strickland@memphistn.gov
Additional contacts for Mayor Wharton:
Phone: (901) 576-6000
Snail mail: Office of the Mayor, 125 N. Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103
Fax: (901) 576-6200
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Added, 6-17-11: For those wanting to know what happened to the dog being mistreated in the above photo, I received these grabs: